Adopting with us
Whether you are ready to start your adoption journey, or are just starting to think about adoption, our friendly team of experienced professionals are here to help.
We have children of all ages and backgrounds that need loving families, however most are aged between one and six years old.
Some may have special needs such as learning difficulties or disabilities, others are looking for a family where they can live with their brothers and sisters. No matter what the circumstances, we will always be there to support you on your journey.
Children waiting for adoption all have one thing in common - they want to be part of a loving, secure family home.
Can I adopt with Durham?
You don't have to be perfect, to be the perfect parent. Adoptive parents come from all walks of life and we welcome all enquiries regardless of gender, ethnic origin, class, culture, sexuality or whether or not you are in a relationship. We want to hear from people who want to offer a loving, secure future for our children, that will make a real difference to their lives.
Not sure if you're ready yet? We offer lots of advice and extensive training and support to adopters at every step of the way. Find out more about our Support for families who adopt a child.
The adoption process
In most cases our adoption application and approval process should take around six months to complete. During this time we work with you to make sure that you're fully prepared and supported, ready to meet the needs of different children.
We provide you with specially tailored training as part of the preparation process and we continue to offer you support once you have adopted a child.
Read more about the process of adopting with us on our How our adoption process works page.
Fostering to adopt
Fostering for adoption is a specialist scheme for babies and very young children who may still have a chance of living with their birth family. Although it is likely that they will be adopted, a plan for their future has to be agreed by the courts.
Under this scheme, you are able to offer a home for the child almost from day one as their foster carer, be there for all their firsts and key moments before you have adopted them, but while you are waiting for the adoption order to go through. This is a great way to build a relationship with the child, but there is an element of uncertainty until the court's decision is made.
Ready to find out more?
If you want to chat to us or feel you're ready to formally start your adoption journey with us then you can apply or ask us a question today.
- Support for families who adopt a child
- How our adoption process works
- Ask about adoption and event information
- Adoption stories - our first Christmas
- Adoption stories - adopting solo
- Step children and adopting overseas
- Support for adopted adults
- Support for birth families
- Adoption Support Passport (ASP)
- Resources to support adoptive parents
- Controlling contact with your birth family
- Making contact with your birth family