Adopt a child in West Sussex

Could you give a child a loving family?

More people are needed to come forward to adopt a child in West Sussex.


There are a number of children of all ages – from babies to school age – and from all backgrounds, waiting for a forever family. If you think you could offer a child a loving home, we would like to hear from you.

We are also keen to speak to anyone who could help young brothers and sisters stay together, or offer a loving home to a child with disabilities.

In West Sussex our dedicated Adoption team will support you during the adoption assessment process and after adoption. We will also help you to access any other support that you and your adopted child may need such as therapeutic services and the Adoption Support Fund.

Adopting in West Sussex

Why Adopt?

Why Adopt?

Adoption provides a safe, secure and permanent family for a child who can no longer be brought up by their birth parents. Adoptive parents – through a legal process – take on the full parental responsibility for the child, and take on a lifelong commitment to enhance a child’s life.

Children are adopted for a number of reasons. Sometimes birth parents request that their child be placed for adoption. Occasionally, children are abandoned or their birth parents suffer from an illness that prevents them from parenting.

In the majority of cases, however, the courts judge that the birth parents do not have the capacity to care for their children. Often this is due to abuse and neglect or an inability to parent a child safely.

Adoption is an important and life-changing decision. We’re committed to informing prospective adopters about the realities of adoption and to providing on going training and support to our adoptive families, delivered by experienced adoption social workers and support staff.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

In West Sussex we welcome enquiries from people of all backgrounds. The one thing our adopters have in common is the desire to give a child a secure, loving and permanent home that can meet the needs of a child.

If you would like to find out more about adopting in West Sussex our information sessions are a great place to start. These are held frequently throughout the county; please check our dedicated information sessions page.

Find out more

To find out more you can contact our dedicated Adoption team for an informal chat.

You can also complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry further.

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