Can I adopt

A wide range of people can and do adopt.

Walsall has many years experience of placing children for adoption. We have a team of specialist workers dedicated to finding, preparing, assessing and supporting individuals, couples and families to become adoptive parents. We consider all enquiries regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and religion or relationship status. In every case the most important thing is that the child grows up in a stable, loving and secure family.

  • Age – Anybody aged over 21 can adopt. There is no upper age limit but we do need to ensure that you have a reasonable expectancy of being able to care for the child until they reach independence.
  • Relationship Status – you can be married, in a civil partnership, single, divorced or living with a partner. If you are in a relationship you will need to have been living together for over two years.
  • Identity – You can be of any ethnicity or religion. You should either be what is known as ‘domiciled’ in the UK or ‘habitually resident’ for one year prior to applying for an Adoption Order.
  • Home – You may own your own home or be in rented accommodation. You will have to demonstrate that you have a secure environment in which to bring up a child.
  • Children – You may have your own children still living at home, have grown up children who have left home or no children of your own.
  • Health – If you have any concerns about your health it is better to raise this with us early in the process.
  • Employment – You can be employed, self-employed or unemployed. We would expect your work commitments to be flexible enough to meet the needs of the child at any time.
  • Experience with children – It is preferable for the person who is likely to be main carer to have some childcare experience. If this experience is limited, you will need to be prepared to gain more experience either prior to the start of an assessment or during the assessment process.
  • Criminal record – If you have any criminal convictions or cautions you will need to inform us of these at the beginning of the application process.
  • Fertility treatment – If you are currently undergoing or have recently completed fertility treatment it may not be the ideal time to pursue an adoption enquiry. However it can be an ideal time to gather information about the adoption process.
  • Support Networks – You will need to demonstrate that you have accessible, established support networks of family or friends who will be in a position to support you in your parenting.