Stage One - Formal registration of interest

Discover if adoption is for you – 8 weeks

Contact us. We'll explain the process and tell you about the children who need new families. We'll give you lots of information, answer your questions about adoption and send you our information pack. We'll also arrange to visit you in your home so we can get to know each other.

We have outlined the main steps of stage one below. Please see FAQs below for more information. 

Registration and checks

When you feel ready, you can register your interest in adoption with us. This is the start of Stage One. You’ll have a social worker to take you through the process. We'll take up references and checks and you'll arrange an adoption medical with your GP. Stage One takes eight weeks to complete.


'Nurture the Journey' is Adoption Focus's adoption support package, tailored to the needs of each family. This programme is offered to everyone who registers to adopt with Adoption Focus and lasts a lifetime.

In addition to the continuing support of your dedicated and experienced social worker, our support includes training and workshops, direct work with children, expert advice, literature, support groups, social events, newsletters, a referral to our buddy scheme, work with schools or just a chat to help reassure you that you’re not alone.

Stage one and two checklist

Click here for a short outline of our stage one and two checklists