As you begin to decide if being an adoptive parent is right for you, please reflect on whether:
- you have left a meaningful gap between applying to adopt and a major life event, such as getting married, ending fertility treatment, bereavement, changing your job, moving home etc.
- you are in good emotional and physical health and are fit and well enough to be able to care for a child into adulthood and beyond
- you have experience of caring for children.
In order to decide if adoption is right for you and your family please attend an information event. These are a great way to learn more about adoption and the children who need adoptive families in Kent. You will also hear from adoptive parents about their experience and have an opportunity to speak with Kent Adoption staff.
At the end of the information event you can arrange a call with one of our initial enquiry advisors. If appropriate she will book a meeting with an adoption social worker who will visit you in your own home and provide you with further information about adoption.
The social worker carrying out the visit will ask you about your life and your home, as well as discussing any factors that may prevent you from being able to adopt. At this point, they will also help you identify any tasks you may need to complete before proceeding. You will also be able to ask questions.
The social worker will let you know within 10 working days if you can progress to stage one of the process. If this is the case you will be asked to fill in a Registration of Interest form (ROI).
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.
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.
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.