We are looking for patient and adaptable people who are practically and emotionally prepared to take on the responsibility of looking after a child. You also need to be comfortable talking to a child about their history and their birth family.

People from a range of different backgrounds become adopters but there are some legal requirements. 

If you are unsure about whether your individual circumstances are acceptable please contact us. We are here to help you make the decision.

You must be over the age of 21.

There is no upper age limit but we do have to consider the needs of a child when placing them for adoption.

  • you can be single or married, in a civil partnership, divorced or living with a partner, of the same or opposite sex
  • you can be heterosexual, lesbian or gay
  • you can be childless or already a parent.

We do look at previous experience of caring for children but it is not essential and we will take into account the different types of contact you have had with children.

You do not have to own your own home but you must have enough living space for the child and your home must be suitable at the time of your application without any major building works happening.

You must have lived in the UK for at least one year before applying to the court for an adoption order.

If you have a disability you can adopt. Experience of a disability can be positively welcomed.

Adopters can be from many cultural, ethnic, religious or social backgrounds.

We have to carefully consider a child's ethnicity when we place them and you must be able to understand all of your child's needs when you adopt.

If you are interested in adopting through the London Borough of Bexley, contact the Adoption team: