Who Can Adopt A Child
Think you could adopt a child? Ask yourself these questions:
- Can you provide love, time and commitment to a child?
- Can you empathise with a child who may never have experienced the security of feeling safe and loved?
- Can you be patient and flexible, to supportively adapt to whatever unique challenges may come from the child’s circumstances?
- Do you have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child?
If you believe the answer to all those questions is yes, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent.
Watch Liz, an adoption agency social worker talk about what they look for in an adoptive parent.
People who adopt a child can be
- Single, married or unmarried
- From any ethnic or religious background
- Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- Employed or on benefits
- Those who have children or who have none
- People thinking of adopting for a second time
Other factors to consider
Being disabled doesn’t exclude you from adopting a child. In fact, experience of disability can sometimes be an advantage.
Your health doesn’t exclude you from adopting, although you do need to be fit enough to cope with the rigours of parenting! What health issues will affect my application?