Apply to adopt a child through your council
Apply to adopt a child through your local council if you are 21 or over and can offer a stable home to a child
Plan your adoption leave
Work out your Statutory Adoption Leave dates - Ordinary and Additional Adoption Leave period, notice period and earliest start date
Intercountry adoption: checklist for adoption agencies
Checklist detailing the paperwork adoption agencies must include in intercountry adoption applications they submit to DfE.
Voluntary adoption agencies: SC4 notification of new branch
SC4 is the form voluntary adoption agencies use to notify Ofsted of a new branch.
Adoption services: practice and improvement fund
What the fund is for and how to apply for it.
Guidance and regulation
The adoption process - eligibility, assessment, adoption agencies, overseas adoptions and the rights of birth parents
Adoption pay and leave
Your Statutory Adoption Pay and Leave - what you get, how to claim and eligibility
Become a child's legal parent
Get a parental order to become a child's legal parent - UK residency, C52 acknowledgement form, surrogacy, adoption
Surrogacy: legal rights of parents and surrogates
Legal rights for intended parents when using surrogates or donors
News and communications
- Adoption scorecards
- Adoption Leadership Board quarterly data reports: 2016 to 2017
- Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017
- Inter-agency adoption: subsidy of the inter-agency fee
- Adoption support fund: evaluation