Who can Adopt?

We are looking for the widest range of people possible to become adopters to match the diverse range of children currently in our care. To be an adoptive parent, first and foremost, you must be able to provide love, time and commitment to a child.

Please call us with any other questions or queries you have about your eligibility to adopt. We will handle your call in complete confidence and can advise you on your individual circumstances and suitability to apply.

Single, married or unmarried

Your marital status is absolutely no barrier to becoming an adoptive parent. In fact, sometimes, single people are best placed to offer the one-to-one commitment and care an adopted child needs. If you are unmarried and in a serious relationship, you can adopt as a single person, or as a couple – with your long-term partner of at least two years.

Disabled, or have health issues

Being disabled, or having health issues doesn’t exclude you from adopting a child. In fact, experience of disability can sometimes be an advantage. Of course we’d need to discuss the nature of your disability or health problem with you to ensure that you won’t be unduly affected by the demands of adopting a child. But in many cases your application can go ahead. Please note that every potential adoptive parent has to undergo a full medical assessment no matter what their current health status. It’s then up to the Medical Advisor to decide what’s best in each case – so please don’t let any disability or health issue stop you from finding out more.


All we need to know is that you can cope with the financial demands of bringing up a child, so being out of work will not count against you.

A mature first time parent

There is no upper age limit to becoming an adoptive parent, but you do need to be aged at least 21 to apply. It is all about having the maturity and life skills to care for an adopted child into their adulthood. So, as long as you are fit and healthy enough to do just that, your age will not be a problem.

Already have kids

Actually sometimes your experience as a birth parent can be a real advantage! But if you are looking to adopt then we’d need to talk to your children to get their thoughts and feelings too. It’s very rare that we’d place a child with you who is older than your birth children, and we’ll usually ask that there is a minimum 2 year age gap between your birth and adopted children.

In a full time job

It is important that you lead your own fulfilled life too and if you feel you can cope with the additional demands of bringing up a child then we will support your decision. We will probably ask that you take some leave from work when a child is first placed with you, especially if you are adopting as a single parent or if the child has had a bit of upheaval.

Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

We’re interested in people who will become brilliant adoptive parents and provide loving homes to children who desperately need them. Your sexuality is the last thing we’ll be concerned about.

Renting your home

If you rent your home all we ask is that you have a long-term lease to be able to offer stability plus enough space to give each child you adopt their own bedroom

If you have a criminal conviction we may also be able to consider your application. Obviously if you’ve been convicted of a violent crime or a sexual offence against children you cannot adopt. But if you’ve been convicted or cautioned for other offences we’d urge you to be open and honest with us and we’ll then take into account what the offence was and how long ago it occurred. If you’re at all worried about your own or a partner’s criminal conviction, please call us for a confidential chat and we’ll advise you if there’d be a problem with your application to adopt.