Application process

As you begin to decide if being an adoptive parent is right for you, you will want to find out as much information as possible about the adoption process. The steps below explain what happens at each stage of the process.

We are currently seeking adopters for:

  • babies, toddlers and pre-school age children - where there may be some developmental delay or health concerns and those who have uncertain futures in terms of their general development
  • children from black and minority ethnic groups and with varying cultural and religious backgrounds. These children require an adoptive family who can reflect or promote and respect their heritage, but we consider ethnicity as one of the needs along with the other factors present when considering prospective adopters
  • sibling groups - we consider children’s individual needs and look at the quality of the sibling relationship. If appropriate we will always try to place brothers and sisters together in the same family, but we carefully assess the nature of their relationships to determine whether siblings should be placed together or separately
  • older, school age children - some of these children have experienced years of neglect and/or abuse and now need the security of a permanent adoptive home
  • children with a disability - children with a range of learning and physical disabilities need adoptive families. This group can include children with cerebral palsy or children who have been subject to injury or foetal alcohol syndrome

Make an enquiry

Contact us on 03000 422 373 or at adoption@kent.gov.uk to arrange to attend a scheduled information event.

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Pre stage 1

Before deciding if adoption is the right path for you we recommend attending an information event. These are a great way to learn more about adoption and the children who need adoptive families in Kent. This is also the opportunity to meet with other people who are interested in adopting, and you will receive an information pack.

If you decide that adoption is right for you, the next step is to arrange for one of our adoption social workers to visit you at home and provide you with all the information you need about the challenges of adoption.

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Stage 1

Once your Registration of Interest (ROI) has been accepted, you will start undergoing the first round of checks and preparations, also known as Stage 1 Pre-Assessment.

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Stage 2

Stage 2 is a 4 month process. During this time you will be assessed and a decision will be made on whether you are suitable to become an adopter. You will also have the opportunity to attend training sessions that will give you the skills you need to become an adoptive parent.

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Matching & placement

Once you are approved as an adopter, your adoption social worker will work to find the right child(ren) for you. The needs of both you and the children waiting for adoption are very important, so it is difficult to predict how long it will take to match you with a child(ren) – sometimes, this can take longer than hoped.

Read more information about matching and placement.

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