What is adoption?

In Bexley, we have a number of children who for a variety of reasons are not able to live with their family of birth. We need adoptive parents who can offer these children a stable loving family life and meet their needs throughout their childhood and into adulthood.

Adoption is a process by which all of the decision-making rights and responsibilities towards a child are transferred to adopters.

The children who need adoptive families come from a variety of age groups, they may need to be placed together with siblings and they could have special learning needs or a disability.

Many have had a difficult early start in life and need parents who can offer particularly sensitive care and attention.

Adoption has changed and the route to adoption can be a challenge. But in Bexley, we are here to help, advise and support adoptive parents to meet the challenge.

We are an experienced team who are able to understand people’s different life experiences and cultural or religious backgrounds. We have regular information meetings where you can come and find out more about adopting in Bexley.

Why are children adopted?

Some families have problems looking after their children or keeping them safe from harm. These problems can range from parents experiencing illness and depression through to drug abuse or alcoholism. Often the children have experienced poor or inconsistent parenting and some have been subject to abuse or neglect. Alternative permanent homes are sometimes required and Adoption can give a child the chance of a new family.

It is common for adopted children to experience feelings of sadness, loss rejection and hurt. They may not be able to express their feelings as other children do so they require parents who can understand their history and show patience and sensitivity.

Prospective adopters come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many have not previously parented a child. In Bexley, we provide a thorough assessment and training programme that fully prepares adopters for the task.

Virtual event

Information events 2020

Virtual information events are planned for Tuesday 15 September 2020 at 7pm.

Please email adoptionandfostering@bexley.gov.uk if you would like to join either of these virtual events, and details of how you can access this will be emailed to you a few days before this date.