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Child on floor with toys saying ‘I’ve got an ulcer’

When Luke was about six he said "Mummy you know I can't walk - I've got an ulcer!"

Mum said "Oh yes! Don't you mean that blister on your toe!"


Yes. Two people who are living as partners for at least two years in an "enduring family relationship" are welcome to adopt and we would consider a relationship of 2 years minimum to be appropriate.

There is no bar to single people applying to adopt. In fact, for some children it may be better for them to be placed with a single adopter. As part of your home assessment we would need to consider carefully your support network to adopt.

Financial support may occasionally be available where adopters are able to meet our current adoption priorities, and possibly for those thinking of adopting a group of brothers or sisters, or a child/children with additional needs such as disability.

Certainly. We particularly welcome people who have raised their own children. This experience can often make you ideal adopters for older children or those with additional needs.

That's a myth. Prospective adopters should have secure accommodation i.e. a house or flat, which can be rented or mortgaged. There must be sufficient room for a child to sleep and play and older children of different genders will need a separate bedroom.

Yes, you can. Adopters are expected to take some employment leave in order to settle a child into their family and home. The period of time is based on Maternity Leave but may need to be longer for pre-school children. Since 2015 Statutory Adoption Leave is equivalent to Maternity Leave entitlements.

This is not the case. There are many  pre-school children needing adoption. We also need adopters for older children, as well as brothers and sisters (of various ages) who need to stay together. Children aged over four and children from particular black and minority ethnic groups wait the longest for adoptive families, alongside children with additional needs and/or disabilities.