Adopting a child
There are many reasons why some children cannot be brought up by their birth families. Most children who are seeking adoption have had difficult early lives, but what they all share in common is a need for the love, support and stability that adoptive parents can offer. The information in these pages is a guide to who can adopt, which children need adopting and the adoption process, but if you would like to ask further questions, please do contact us.
Our next information evening is on Thursday 11 July 2013, 7 to 9.30pm at York House, Twickenham.
Please ring us on our enquiry line, 020 8891 7883 for an initial discussion about your interest in adoption and to request an information pack.
Did you know…?
Almost anyone can adopt:
- You can be a parent already, or have no children of your own.
- You can be single, married or have a partner.
- You can be claiming benefits, working or self-employed.
- You own your house, or rent (as long as it’s stable).
- From any ethnic group (we're in a real need for prospective adopters from minority ethnic groups).
- Your religion or sexuality won’t prevent you from adopting.
- You are at least 21 years old.
- You live within one and a half hour’s distance of Richmond borough.
There are no blanket rules about who can adopt, we’re interested in hearing from people from all walks of life to meet the diverse needs of the children that need to be adopted.
All of these children are unique. It is important that adopting families appreciate that it requires a special kind of parenting, one that fits with the child rather than a child that can just fit in, and that adoption is a commitment for lifetime.
If you have been thinking about adoption, take the first step and contact us to request an information pack and talk to a member of the team about your circumstances. Please also see the current children that need to be placed.
Who are the adoption team?
The Richmond Adoption team is an experienced group of professionals who work together to provide children in the care of children's services with adoptive families. We offer an open and supportive service, supplying information and guidance to those who feel adoption is right for them.
Request an information pack, or arrange a call with one of our team members.
Adoption and Permanency Team
42 York Street