There's no such thing as a typical adopter. We look for people with warmth, compassion and resilience. People who can give children a safe and lasting home. 

We particularly welcome enquiries from people interested in adopting children over the age of three and sibling groups. 


You must

  • Be at least 21. We don’t have an upper age limit. 
  • Have a spare room. Adopted children should have their own bedroom and not be expected to share with a birth child.
  • Live near London, Bristol or Birmingham. We recruit adopters within a 50 miles radius of Bristol or Birmingham or an hour’s journey from our London office.
  • Have been a UK resident for at least a year.

We'll also look at 

  • Your finances. We consider all financial situations, but you should be able to support a child financially.

  • Your age and how it compares to the age of the child you want to adopt. Younger children are more likely to be placed with younger parents.

  • Your childcare experience. Adopted children can have challenging behaviour and you'll need to be confident in managing this. We look for relevant experience, like volunteering in a nursery, a school or a playgroup, or overnight stays with children you know. Talk to us about getting experience.

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  • Your availability. Ideally, you or your partner would take six months off work when the child comes to live with you. If you're employed, you should be entitled to adoption and parental leave.

  • Your relationship status. You can be single, married, cohabiting, in a civil partnership, widowed or divorced. If you live with a partner, our advice is that you live together for at least two years before adopting.

  • Your pets. Many of our adopters have pets. We need to be sure that your pets do not pose a threat to a child, so we may ask for a vet’s report.


Speak to us about adopting

Can I adopt if...


Absolutely! We welcome and encourage applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

I am having fertility treatment

Yes, but we ask that you stop any fertility treatment before starting the adoption process.

We also ask that you’ve had enough time to access support or feel emotionally ready to start an adoption assessment.

I already have children

Yes, you can still adopt if you have birth or step children.

Generally, there should be at least a two-year gap between your youngest child and any child you may adopt. This may vary on a case-by-case basis, for example if any of the children have disabilities.

Any questions? Get in touch with our friendly team.

I have health issues

You need to have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child.

Being disabled or having health issues doesn’t exclude you from being an adopter, but it’s one of the factors that we'll consider.

Get in touch today for a confidential chat with our friendly team.

I don't own my home

You don’t need to own your home or even have a garden to adopt.

We only ask that the child has their own bedroom and are not expected to share with a birth child.

Ideally, there should also be places nearby where a child could play outdoors.

I have a criminal record

It depends. You won’t be able to adopt if you’ve had any criminal offence involving children.

We carry out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on all applicants. Other very serious offences may disqualify you.

Having a criminal record isn’t always an automatic barrier so get in touch to discuss your circumstances with us.

I smoke

Smoking doesn't automatically rule you out from adopting. But if you smoke, you would not be considered for children below the age of 5.

Talk to us about adoption

For an informal chat, fill out our enquiry form below or give us a call on 0845 355 5533.

We're open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.