2. Early stages of adoption
To adopt a child you can go through either:
The adoption process
Contact an adoption agency - they’ll send you information about the adoption process.
The agency will arrange to meet you - you may also be invited to a meeting with other people wanting to adopt a child.
If you and the agency agree to carry on, the agency will give you an application form.
The adoption approval process normally takes around 6 months. You will then be matched with a child for adoption.