Are you ready to make a lifelong commitment to improving a child’s life through adoption?
If you are thinking about adoption, this is a question you are likely to have been considering long and hard. Our aim is to answer any questions you may have and help you take the first steps towards adopting a child in West Sussex.
Our adoptive parents come from a wide variety of backgrounds.
You do not need to:
- be under a particular age - as long as a you can meet the demands of caring for a child
- own your own home - as long as the building is suitable for caring for a child, it does not matter if you own or rent it
- be married - a single person, or a partner in an unmarried couple can adopt, as can people in a civil partnership or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender relationship
- have a clean criminal record - although offences against children immediately prohibit a person from adopting a child, other convictions do not necessarily rule an individual out from adopting as we would consider you on an individual basis.
However, you do need to be:
- over the age of 21
- clear of criminal convictions against children
- resident in the United Kingdom and 'habitually resident' for at least one year before applying
- in good physical and mental health and able to nurture a child through to adulthood.
We also have a specific requirement that if you are adopting a child under five years old you must have a non-smoking household.
The one thing that all our approved adopters have in common is the desire to give a child a secure, loving and permanent home.
You can find additional information on the adoption process in our information pack.