Can I adopt?

Many people think that their personal circumstances may prevent them from applying to adopt.

At Adopt East, we don’t look for a specific type of person. Our adopters come from diverse backgrounds, with different skills, qualities and life experiences. We are open to enquiries from all types of people from across our region. 

 

People who can adopt can be:

  • single, married or in a stable, long-term relationship
  • aged 21 or above – there is no upper age limit but you will need the energy and well-being to raise a child to adulthood
  • any sexuality
  • from any ethnic or religious background
  • a home-owner or living in secure rented accommodation
  • those who have children already
  • people thinking about adopting for a second time

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There are some basic criteria you need to meet to be able to apply to adopt a child.

You will need to:

  • have completed any fertility treatment
  • have enough space in your home to provide a safe environment for a child
  • be a non-smoker for at least six months before applying
  • be medically fit and able to raise a child to adulthood
  • be in a stable financial position, as you will be financially responsible for your adopted child through to adulthood

If you have a criminal conviction for most violent offences or any offence against a child, we would not be able to take your application forward.

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Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about any aspect of applying to adopt, please contact your local adoption agency. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 


Adopt East partners

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Bedford Borough Council logo

Essex County Council logo

Hertfordshire County Council logo

Luton Borough Council logo

Norfolk County Council logo

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council logo

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