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Frequently Asked Questions on Adoption

People who enquire about adoption often ask us similar questions. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have a question that we have not answered here please call us on 0115 876 3335.

Am I too Young or Old to Adopt

If you are over 21 and can provide a permanent and caring home, you can legally adopt. There is no upper age limit.  The question we ask on age is - can you provide a stable home for a child into adulthood and beyond?

I have some Offences. Can I still Adopt

There are very few people whom this affects. Anyone who has committed serious criminal offences, including crimes against children, or violent offences will not be able to adopt.

Is Adoption only for Married Couples

Definitely not. It does not matter whether you are married, in a partnership, single, separated, or in a same sex relationship. However, we do ask that any couples have lived together for at least two years and have a stable, caring relationship. Also, couples are asked to complete any infertility investigations and treatment before applying.

What are Health Checks

We contact your GP and there is only a difficulty if our doctor thinks a condition could affect your ability to care for a child until independence.  

Is Adoption only for Childless people

Adoption is for people who have time and patience to commit to children.  Our children are of different ages and have such a variety of needs that some may be more suited to people who have already experienced parenthood.  For all adopters we look at how they may gain some experience and knowledge of children to equip them for parenthood.

I have no Religion. Can I still Adopt

We welcome people from any religious faith, or none.  We try to place children in families that reflect their religious backgrounds and welcome adopters of all religious backgrounds.

I am Unemployed. Will this affect my Application

It does not matter that you are not working. We are looking for people who can offer a caring family.  We do ask about family finances, but this also applies to applicants in work.

Do you need Black Adopters

There are children from many different backgrounds waiting to be adopted. As long as you meet the child's needs and can positively promote their identity you can adopt children of any ethnicity.

I have a Disability. Does this Matter

We will ask you how your particular disability affects your parenting, but most people can adopt.  We welcome the different life experiences that you can offer.

What about Weight

All applicants must have a medical examination as part of their assessment. There is only a problem if you are dangerously overweight and this poses a threat to your health.

I am not a British Citizen. Will this Affect my Application

You need to having been living in the British Isles for at least a year to apply for an adoption order.

Call 0115 876 3335 or email fa.info@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  or request an information pack 

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