A child from overseas can be adopted if:
- they can’t be cared for in a safe environment in their own country
- the adoption would be in their best interests
- the adopter has been assessed as eligible and suitable to adopt from overseas by an adoption agency in the UK
If you want to adopt a child from overseas, you should contact either:
The adoption process is similar to a UK adoption - and will be done by a UK adoption agency.
There are several other steps, for example:
- the assessment will be sent to the overseas adoption authority
- you will need to visit the child in their own country
The UK adoption agency will let you know what you need to do.
Registering an adoption
You can register the adoption with the General Register Office (GRO) - fill out the relevant application form and send it to GRO.
There are some restrictions on how a child can be adopted to the UK.
|Child born||Child adopted||Restriction|
|Overseas||Overseas||The adoption can only be registered if the adoptive parents were residents in England or Wales at the time of adoption.|
|England or Wales||Overseas||The adoption can only be registered if the child’s birth was registered in England or Wales|
You’ll need to provide supporting documents - read the guidance notes before you register.
Fees depend on your income. All fees are exempt from VAT.
|Under £25,000||No fee|
|£25,000 to £45,000||£885|
The fee includes:
- case management – checking applications, correcting errors, sending to notaries, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and embassy overseas
- postage and courier expenses
- forwarding matching information from overseas and providing advice to entry clearance officers to make sure you followed UK adoption law
- information about intercountry adoption processes
- communications between central authorities
The fee does not include legalisation costs.