What is adoption?

Adoption is a way of providing a new and secure family for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents. It’s a legal procedure whereby all parental rights and responsibilities for a child are transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents.

Once the adoption order is granted by the courts, the adopted child becomes a full member of their new family. But much more than that, it is a way of giving a child the love and security of a family life when they can no longer live with the family they were born into.

Choosing to open your home to a child is a life changing experience for everyone involved. Whatever your reason for adoption, you are about to start a truly amazing journey.


How is adoption different to fostering?

Adoption and fostering are both arrangements that provide a safe and secure home for children, but there is a significant difference. When an adoption order is granted, all of the rights and responsibilities of the birth parents are removed. When a child is in foster care, parental rights and responsibilities of the birth parents are shared between the birth parents and the Local Authority. Foster carers provide day to day care for the child and work in partnership with social workers and birth parents regarding any important decisions about the child.