Pay and leave, adopting through your council, inter-agency fees, placement, inspection forms.


  1. Child adoption

    The adoption process - eligibility, assessment, adoption agencies, overseas adoptions and the rights of birth parents.

  2. Adoption pay and leave

    Your Statutory Adoption Pay and Leave - what you get, how to claim and eligibility

  3. 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

  4. Surrogacy: legal rights of parents and surrogates

    Legal rights for intended parents and surrogates; how legal parenthood is transferred; children born outside the UK; pay and leave rights

  5. Plan your adoption leave

    Work out your Statutory Adoption Leave dates - Ordinary and Additional Adoption Leave period, notice period and earliest start date

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Adoption support fund (ASF)
  2. Young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act 2014
  3. Adoption: statutory guidance
  4. Adoption: national minimum standards
  5. Adoption support agency: do you need to register?
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News and communications

Research and statistics

  1. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2018 to 2019
  2. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2018/19
  3. Evaluation of regional adoption agencies
  4. Adoption support fund: long-term follow-up
  5. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2017/18
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Adoption scorecards
  2. Adoption Leadership Board quarterly data reports: 2016 to 2017
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