The first thing to do is to contact us directly for an informal discussion. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the adoption process and to talk you through the next steps.
Once we have had our preliminary conversation we will be in a position to best advise you about the next steps you will need to take in order to progress with your adoption jounrey.
If you're considering adoption but are unsure what to do next, please call us for a chat.
There are some things which mean that you are unlikely to be approved as an adopter at the present time. However, this does not mean that you will not be a suitable person at some point in the future. In these cases it is often worth delaying your decision to apply for adoption:
A great many people do not come forward as they feel that a criminal
history may be held against them. It is possible that an offence which
is considered as mild and in the distant past could be deemed as past
history and may not adversly affect the eligibility for adoption.
However if there is any history of violence, domestic violence or risk
to children adoption will not be an option.
Do you have a steady sufficient income? Will it be sufficient to care for a child? This should not be a primary consideration in offering effective care to a child.
Is this a kinship assessment you are considering? If so this may well be viewed as a positive factor, after all key aspects of the matching considerations in respect to ethnicity and culture would already be met, negative factors may include the closeness to the parents and whether you would be able to maintain the role of carer.
The applicant themselves may have suffered abuse and may provide positive or negative factors in an application. Key factors are whether the applicant has effectively dealt with, or come to terms with the abuse or have feelings and memories been supressed? Has the abuse continued to impact upon functioning? Would a child disclosing similar abuse present the carer with further difficulties that would impact upon their own functioning?