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, or at our office in Bristol) 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
Introduction to Adoption Day
A full training day to help you decide whether you want to apply to adopt with CCS and if now is the right time for you. Then you will be invited to register your interest formally and have a meeting to discuss your application. The Adoption Manager will decide if it is the right time to start your assessment.
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) which goes to the Adoption Panel, who then give 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