Happy child eating their dinner - ‘Yipee! Ninkey Nonks again!’

Our daughter told me she hated mushrooms when she came to us. So instead of leaving them out when I cooked, I simply chopped them into quarters instead of slicing them, to see if she’d notice. She did, but I said they were called Ninckey Nonks and she ate them, no problem...

It took her about 3 years before she saw me adding them to something and the penny dropped!! Still makes us giggle years later.


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.