Find out how adoption works in the UK. The adoption process is defined by the government and all agencies follow a broadly similar set of procedures as part of supporting, assessing and guiding prospective adopters. In the beginning, you gather information about adopting and which agency you want to adopt with. Our Information Pack is a good place to start and you can also call us up and talk to an adopter, or send us an enquiry form.
Our regular Information Evenings (online) are an opportunity to find out more about the children, adoption, the process and us. Meet the team, hear from some of our adopters about their experiences and ask your questions.Book an Information Evening
Preparing to Adopt Training
You will be provided with four whole days of training and some additional workshops during the course of your Stage 1 and Stage 2 assessments. You will benefit from hearing from various adoptive parents and their honest accounts of the joys and challenges of becoming an adoptive family.
A series of training days and interviews over a minimum of 2 months with your social workers. Covering many aspects of your life, this allows us to get to know you and understand your potential strengths and vulnerabilities as an adoptive parent. We are required at this stage to carry out a number of checks and references.
Following a review meeting you may take a break, or continue on to Stage Two, which takes a minimum of 4 months. Further training and assessment visits lead to your Social Worker writing a PAR (Prospective Adopters Report) that goes to the Adoption Panel, which then gives a decision regarding approval.
The Panel meets monthly and makes a recommendation about whether or not your application should be approved. 97% of the time they say yes at CCS. You can attend the Panel and take part in the discussion. The Panel’s recommendation then has to be ratified by CCS’s Decision Maker.
Finding your Children
Once approved, we share your profile with children’s social workers, and you get to see children’s profiles. Your social worker helps find potential children for you and make a match that best suits both them and you. The match is approved by a local authority panel and we then start Introductions where you gradually get to know your children and welcome them into your life.Enquire about Adoption