Adopters can be from any background and we don’t have a set check list of qualities or credentials that we are looking for. But, there are several qualities that make a good adoptive parent:
- provides love, time and commitment to a child
- empathises with a child who may never have experienced the security of feeling safe and loved
- is patient and flexible, to supportively adapt to whatever unique challenges may come from the child’s circumstances
- has the energy and health to provide a permanent family for a child
People who adopt need to be 21 and over, and can be:
- single, married or cohabitating
- from any ethnic or religious background
- heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- employed or on benefits
Other factors to think about
While most adopted children will need the safety of their own bedroom (unless being placed with their brother or sister), please talk to us about your home and plans for the future, if you don’t have a spare room right now.
Being disabled doesn’t exclude you from adopting; and experience of disability is often helpful.
There is no upper age limit for adopters, but adoptive parents need to have good health and energy to look after children into adulthood.
We want our children to be brought up in a family that enjoys health and wellbeing, so we don’t place children aged under 5 in a household with someone who smokes or vapes. You would also be unable to adopt an older child who has a medical condition which would be worsened by living with someone who smoked or vaped.
Pets may be part of your family, and they will be assessed as part of the adoption assessment process, to ensure that our children will be safe and that their experiences of animals is understood.
People with certain criminal convictions, (typically offences against children or violent crimes) won’t be allowed to adopt; however, other convictions may not prevent you from adopting.
We’ve put together some FAQs which may answer some of the questions you may have, or alternatively why not complete an enquiry form to discuss your own situation with an adoption expert?