Adoption

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

Services

  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 when using surrogates or donors

  5. Become a child's legal parent

    Get a parental order to become a child's legal parent - UK residency, C52 acknowledgement form, surrogacy, adoption

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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. Regional adoption agencies evaluation: scoping report
  2. Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2017/18
  3. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017
  4. Inter-agency adoption: subsidy of the inter-agency fee
  5. Adoption support fund: evaluation
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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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