Adoption, Fostering & Children In Care

What is adoption and who can apply?

Adoption is where a child legally becomes a member of a new family and has one or two new parents. If you are at least 21 years old and can provide a permanent, stable and caring home, your application to adopt will be welcomed. There is no upper age limit.

Becoming a foster care giver

Anyone can apply to be a foster care giver, so long as they have the qualities needed to look after children who cannot live with their parents. There is no maximum age limit for being a foster care giver.

Who can apply?

You can apply to be a foster care giver:

  • whether you have your own children or not
  • if you are single, married or living with a partner
  • if you are in or out of work
  • whether you live in your own home or rent
  • whatever your race, religion or sexuality