Who can adopt?

Single people over 21 years can adopt and married and unmarried couples (including same sex couples) both over 21 years can adopt jointly. People with certain criminal convictions, (mostly offences against children) aren't able to adopt.

What qualities should adopters have?

Adopters don't have to be superheroes but they should have some special equalities!

They need to be:

  • Patient
  • Flexible
  • Child centred
  • Warm and kind
  • Have a sense of humour
  • And lots of determination to stick to their commitment to a child, even when there are difficulties

In short, just like most parents need to be, but with an added dimension that helps them commit totally to a child not born to them.

We don't live in Sunderland, can we still apply to Sunderland as adopters?

Yes, it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you aren't too far away for us to do your home study, give you support and for you to come to information sessions and preparation courses.

If you don't wish to continue your interest to adopt in Sunderland, we can give you a list of other local Adoption Agencies to help you to make enquiries elsewhere.

You can find out more by contacting our Adoption Service on:

Tel: 0191 520 5553
Email: adoption@togetherforchildren.org.uk



Adoption Expression of Interest Form

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