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?
- Are you over 21?
If you believe the answer to all those questions is yes, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent. The final decision will always be made by an adoption agency after taking time to get to know you and your circumstances, but answering yes to the above is enough to start thinking about the process.
We adopted our children aged two and four years old. They are approaching adulthood now. We have faced many challenges and life hasn’t turned out as I expected. Nevertheless I look back on an incredible experience and I can honestly say that I have never for one moment regretted adopting. Now I am almost dreading the day when they will choose to leave home.
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
Being disabled doesn’t exclude you from adopting a child. In fact, experience of disability can sometimes be an advantage.
Your age or health doesn’t exclude you from adopting, although you do need to be fit enough to cope with the rigours of parenting!