Do I need to have a big house?

Posted on: 20 June 2013

No you don’t. What you do need is secure, warm, and comfortable accommodation that is appropriate for the child or children that you wish to adopt. This could be a flat or a house, but you do need to have a spare bedroom.

It is difficult for adopted children to come into a new family and share a bedroom with another child, especially your own birth child. However, it is possible for adopted siblings to share a room if they are being placed together and have previously shared a bedroom when in foster care.

The accommodation needs to be safe – for example, if you have on-going building works, fast-running water at the end of the garden, lack of banisters on high stairs – things like these need to be discussed and possibly addressed before children can be placed.

You will need to know if your accommodation is flexible enough to grow and change as your children grow and change.