Who can adopt?
We welcome enquiries from single people, families who have children of their own, or do not, married couples, civil partnership couples or couples who have been living together in an enduring relationship for at least two years.
All applicants must be over 21 years old and should be able to parent a child until they reach age of independence. There should not normally be an age gap of more than 45 years between the children and younger applicant.
Applications will not be accepted from enquirers currently undergoing any form of infertility treatment or who are on a waiting list for treatment.
Applications will not be accepted from smokers who wish to adopt children under the age of 5 years, or children with respiratory problems, or disabilities. Applicants will be expected to provide smoke free areas in their home, and not to smoke in front of children placed who are over the age of 5.