Enquiry To Approval


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Adoption Flowchart

Enquiry Stage

  • Gathering information
  • Attending one of our Information Sessions
  • Individual meeting with one of our social workers

Stage One – to be completed within two months

  • Complete a Registration of Interest Form
  • Statutory checks made (including DBS, local authority and medicals)
  • References obtained
  • Attend one day Preparation Course
  • Undertake some initial preparation and reading

Stage Two – to be completed within four months

  • Home Study Assessment with your allocated social worker
  • Home Study Report (Prospective adopters report) presented to your Adoption Panel
  • Attend two additional days of preparation training

Family Finding

  • Linking you with a child or children
  • Matching Panel Approval
  • Introductions – visits (around 10 to 14 days) to enable you to get to know your child(ren)
  • Placement of child(ren) in your home

Establishing your family

  • Becoming parents
  • Support and Reviews
  • Legal Adoption Order and Celebration hearing (3 – 12 months after placement)

You’ll also recieve ongoing placement support.  For more information, click here.