Who may adopt or permanently foster?

Posted on: 20 June 2013

  • You must be over the age of 21.  There is no upper age limit but we do have to consider the needs of the child when placing them for adoption.
  • You can be single or married, divorced, living with a partner or in a civil partnership.
  • You can be straight, lesbian or gay – sexuality is not a barrier to adoption.
  • You can be childless or already a parent.
  • You can be renting or a home owner, and have enough living space to be able to bring up a child.
  • You must have lived in the UK (domiciled or habitually resident) for at least a year before applying to the court for an adoption order.

Some experience of parenting or caring for children is useful.