Home Education and children Adoption How to apply to adopt Applying to adopt a child is a 2-way process. The process allows time to consider whether adoption is right for you and for the Adoption Team to assess you. Adoption - how it worksWhat happens firstWe will invite you to one of our Find out about Adoption events. This will give you the opportunity to learn about the adoption process, meet our team and meet parents who have already adopted.This initial stage is the chance for you to think everything through and for us to find out about you.Adoption is a two-stage process. So during this time you can expect to:meet adoptive parents and social workers to find out about adoption first handhave your questions about adoption answeredbe seen by a social worker in your own homebe asked detailed questions about your own background and circumstancesThis preparation and assessment process is thorough, but this is for very good reason.Adoption is for life and it is important that we make sure the adoptive parents we approve are best for the children in our care.Adoption is also a major decision for you. The assessment gives you an opportunity to take an honest look at what you want out of adoption and what you can give.What happens nextStage 1 of the process lasts for 2 months and stage 2 lasts for 4 months. Both stages include training sessions that will be arranged at the beginning of the whole process with you.Nearly everyone who completes the adoption process is recommended for adoption.If you aren’t - you can ask for your case to be reviewed by the Independent Review Mechanism.How long does it takeThe process takes an average of 6 - 8 months.You will be referred to the National Adoption Register after 3 months, but we do match the majority of adopters with local children. Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.