Could I adopt?

  • Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to own your home, have a job or be under 40 to adopt a child.
  • You don’t have to be married, or in a relationship, or heterosexual.
  • You don’t have to be a parent already or qualified in any specific way.
  • A disability is not necessarily an obstacle to adopting.  

People like you adopt

There is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ adoptive family. At Devon Adoption, we are more interested in what you have to offer a child who needs adoption than your marital status, income level, whether you own a house or not, and whether you have children or not. You don’t have to follow any religion and people from all ethnic origins are needed. Disabled people are not excluded and often experience of disability will be positively welcomed.

Come along and meet us at one of our monthly information sessions. Our events are a great way to find out more about adoption.

What we need are flexible, open, honest people who are able to consider a range of children and who can understand the difficult start these children have had. Adopters will need to appreciate that children will potentially come from a wide range of experiences, culture, heritage and religions.

Have a look at Adoption UK’s ‘The Wall: why adopted children need a different kind of parenting’.

Am I eligible to adopt?

  • You should be at least 21 years old
  • you (or if you are a couple, at least one of you) should live in this country, or have lived here for at least one year at the time of applying to adopt
  • you, you partner or any adult who lives with you should have no convictions or cautions relating to any offences to do with children, or other serious offences such as murder, serious sexual offences or serious fraud.

Read all the qualification criteria.

Is adoption right for me?  

What matters most is your ability to provide a permanent, caring and stable home which will meet the needs of a child. Click below Special-qualities