Who approves people to adopt children?

Posted on: 23 June 2013

Adoption agencies assess prospective adopters. This will be the County Council (we call ourselves Devon Adoption) or a voluntary adoption agency which has been approved by the Secretary of State for Health.

You cannot be assessed or approved to adopt by an independent social worker; you have to be accepted by an approved adoption agency. Finding the right agency for you is important – take your time to look at what is available within the local area and what agency feels right for you.

Your case is then presented to an Independent Panel who make a recommendation, which is later ratified by the official Agency Decision Maker, see Stage 2 of the assessment approval process.