2. Early stages of adoption

To adopt a child you can go through either:

The adoption process

  1. Contact an adoption agency - they’ll send you information about the adoption process.

  2. The agency will arrange to meet you - you may also be invited to a meeting with other people wanting to adopt a child.

  3. 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.