Who can adopt?

Change a childs life and foster


We need adopters from all walks of life. So we are interested in potential adopters irrespective of their:

marital status, race, religion, sexuality, employment status, gender or disability

Because these things are not important to a child without a family. However, some of the qualities you will need to have are plenty of patience, commitment, humour and plenty of energy! But above all you need to be determined to give a child the sort of care and support that will really make a difference to their lives.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Can you adopt if you live outside the Redcar & Cleveland area?
Yes you can still adopt for Redcar & Cleveland. However, if you are in doubt about the distance please feel free to contact the team.

Can you adopt if you are not married but living with a partner?
Yes.

Can you adopt if you are single?
Yes.

Can you adopt if you are gay or lesbian?
Yes. Your sexuality will not prevent you from being considered as an adoptive parent.

Can you adopt if you do not own your own home?
Yes. You do not have to own your own house to be able to adopt but you must be in a permanent home and have sufficient space to accommodate a child.

Can you adopt if you do not earn much or do not have a job?
Yes. You do not need to have a high income to adopt a child.

Can you adopt if you have a police record?
It depends on why you were convicted and how long ago it was. Contact one of our Adoption Social Workers to explore this further.

How old do you have to be to adopt?
You must be over 21 years of age but there is no upper age limit. Your individual circumstances will be looked at alongside everything else.

Can you adopt if you have your own children?
Yes, but it is generally felt that it is better for an adopted child if they are the youngest member of the family. We will also talk to your children about the adoption.

Can you adopt if you have a disability?
Yes, but it would depend on your disability and how this would affect your ability to care for a child. We would ask for a medical report and consider this issue further.

Can you adopt if you have a health problem?
We have a duty to satisfy ourselves that adopters will have a reasonable expectation of continuing good health. We will ask for the opinion of your GP and our medical advisor about your health status.

Does it matter what ethnicity you are or religion you believe in?
No, we would explore this further with you but would want to match a child of the same ethnicity and religion if at all possible.

* Please note that we are unable to accept anyone as a potential adopter if they have not ceased smoking for 12 months prior to making their application.




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