Our adoption service brings families together, finding children a safe and loving home where they can get the care they need for the rest of their childhood into adult life. We support adoptions for children of all ages and sibling groups.


About adoption

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal way for a child or young person up to 18 years old to gain a new legal parent(s). Once adopted, it is as if they had been born into their new family. Adoption into a new family can give children the security and stability they need. 

Who can adopt? 

There are lots of myths about who can adopt but the reality is that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ or ‘ideal’ adoptive parent. We support people with a range of different life experiences to adopt a child. 

We are looking for people who have something to offer the children we are looking after. This means you will probably be the sort of person who is adaptable, flexible, resilient and willing to develop new skills.   

We don’t have set criteria for what makes a good adoptive family, however to adopt with us you will need to: 

  • Be 21 years old or over 
  • Have the space to accommodate a child 
  • Be in good health to support a child into adulthood

If you're interested in adopting with us, we'll be on hand from the beginning. Find out more about adoption with us using the links below.

Call our adoption team on 0191 561 2221 or use our adoption enquiry form to get in touch

Our two stage adoption process aims to bring forever families together as soon as possible.

We're with you every step of the way, including after adoption. We provide a range of support for families after

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Adopting with Together for Children

Our information pack contains everything you need to know to about adopting with us to help get started on your adoption journey.


In Adoption

  • Our two stage adoption process aims to reduce delay for children and their prospective adopters.
  • Together for Children are rated Good by Ofsted.
  • Read our real life case studies for adoption.
  • Some of our most frequently asked questions for prospective adopters.
  • We provide a range of after adoption support services including helping you to access the Adoption Support Fund
  • It's important for both birth parents to get the support they need throughout the adoption process, including after adoption contact.