Types of adoption

Types of adoption

Adopting a child who is in care


This is the most common route to adoption.


A child is only  placed in care when there are serious safeguarding concerns linked to neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse.


Their birth parents may also be struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, mental health difficulties or domestic abuse.


Short-term foster carers will look after the child while the court explores whether another member of the birth family could care for them.


We only we start looking for an adoption match when it is clear no-one in the birth family can take on that responsibility.


For more information please contact us.


Fostering for adoption


Fostering for adoption is a process where we place a child with foster carers who are also approved as adopters while the child is in temporary local authority care.


If the court agrees that the child should be adopted and the adoption agency approves the ‘match’ between the foster carers and the child, the placement becomes an adoption placement.


It gives the child as much stability as can be given at the earliest possible stage.


As foster carer you will be under the direct supervision of the local authority so you’ll need to consider whether this is something you’ll be comfortable with.


It is highly likely that you will go on to adopt the child but you’ll need to consider how you will deal with the possibility of the court not agreeing the adoption plan and the child leaving your care.


If you are interested in fostering to adopt please contact us.


Step parent and partner adoption


Step parent and partner adoption is when a step parent or partner in a family becomes the legal parent to their partner’s child and acquires all parental rights for that child or children.


This severs the parental rights of the birth parent and is an order that UK courts take very seriously.


The application will involve a designated social worker that will need to speak to everyone involved, including the birth parent of the child. The assessment will provide a range of references from schools, if relevant, referees such as long standing friends or family, and any children in the family unit.


The social worker will provide a report to the court and this will then be up to members of the court to decide if the step parent adoption will be granted.


Everyone involved is required to understand that the parental rights will be taken from one person and given to another and that this is non reversible.


If you are interested in step parent and partner adoption please contact us.

Do we have to pay for the application and DBS check?

Yes, this is not funded by the local council.

Do I need to contact the birth mother or birth father before making the application?

Yes. We will not process the application unless birth mother/ birth father knows that this is taking place. If birth parent has deceased, then another birth family member will have to be contacted.

At what age can I adopt my partner’s child?

During the assessment it is important that the child understands what is happening and agrees to the adoption. You cannot adopt anyone over the age of 18 as they are legally an adult.