A few months ago Andrew and Emma became parents to an 18-month-old girl after approaching our adoption service. It has changed their lives forever, as it has for hundreds of other adoptive parents across the county, where more than 60 children were adopted last year.
We’re so pleased we did it – it’s the best decision we’ve ever made. Our social worker was so supportive and professional.”
Making the decision to adopt is a huge step and it makes sense to gather as much information as you can and talk to as many people as possible before deciding if adoption is right for you.
To help you with this, read who can adopt and look at our list of useful websites. These are the main organisations that offer information and support with adoption.
One of the first things you will discover is that there are no short cuts, but our friendly and professional staff are available to help you through the process.
The first step is to go through a few a simple questions online to see if you fulfill the basic criteria to adopt.
We welcome all inquiries and aim to treat everyone who comes into contact with us fairly and with respect.
Mark and Helen said:
“We began our adoption process in October 2011 and it was less than a year before we brought our beautiful one-year-old daughter home. We have had an amazing journey and have learnt a lot about ourselves along the way, with the ongoing support we have received from our social workers. We have made a fantastic support network and have gained many new friends throughout this journey.
“For us our adoption pathway has been a fantastic experience and has transformed our life for the better with the arrival of our beautiful daughter.”
Grace and Tim said:
“Our journey through the adoption process has been a positive and challenging experience. We were well-supported by our social worker, fully aware of process and core issues; and the matching process was very thorough, informative and encouraging, preparing us as well as can be for the reality of parenting an adopted child.
“We also enjoyed getting to know and keeping in touch with others in the same situation. It is the best thing we have ever done as a couple, and our daughter is amazing!”
Alan and Chrissy said:
“Everything involved in the adoption process has been a positive experience for us.
“We felt strongly supported by our social worker and the team throughout our journey. We now have two beautiful sons whom we love and cherish. They are affectionate and fun and have enriched our lives enormously. In some background reading we did, a doctor said that adopting is the most altruistic thing a human being can do. That may be so, but the love our boys show towards us certainly does not make adoption one-sided; we all have benefited and together we are a very happy family.”