What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal process which all the parental rights and responsibilities for a child are transferred from the birth family to the adoptive family, making the adopted child a full member of their new family. But much more than that, it’s 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.

People decide to adopt for all sorts of reasons. You may have tried to have a family of your own but it didn’t happen for you, or you might be same sex partners and want to be parents, or if might be that you feel you could make a difference to a child’s life in care. Whatever your reason for adoption, you are about to start a truly amazing journey.