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Adoption and fostering information and answers to common questions

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General questions
Can I adopt or foster...
The assessment process
Becoming an adoptive or foster parent
Information for birth families
Information for adopted people
What do I do now?

If you would like information and advice about an adoption or fostering matter that has not been included, please see BAAF's adoption and fostering information, or contact a BAAF country & regional office in your area.

If your query relates specifically to the Be My Parent service, then please contact us instead.

General questions

Can I adopt or foster if I have had fertility treatment?
Do I need special skills or qualities to adopt or foster?
What is the difference between adoption and fostering?
Could I try fostering before I choose to adopt?
Can I adopt my step-child?
Can I adopt a member of my family?
Can I adopt from abroad?
Can I adopt in the UK if I am planning to move abroad?
Can I adopt or foster if I have pets?

Can I adopt or foster...

...if my partner and I are not married?
...if I do not have a partner?
...if my partner is not keen on the idea?
...if I already have birth children?
...if I have a criminal record?
...if I smoke?
...if I have a health condition?
...if I have a disability?
...as an 'older' parent?
...a baby?
...a child of a different ethnicity to me?

The assessment process

How long will it take and what are the costs involved?
What preparation, training and support can I expect?
Why does the agency need to know personal details and make checks?
What happens if I am not approved?

Becoming an adoptive or foster parent

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Is adopting or fostering different to parenting a birth child?
Am I entitled to adoption leave and pay from my employer?
What is direct and indirect (letterbox) contact?
What is life story work and why is it important?
What happens when my child reaches 18?

Information for birth families

Who can I talk to if I am considering having my baby adopted?
Where can I get help if my child has been, or is going to be, adopted?

Information for adopted people

How do I find out about tracing birth relatives?

What do I do now?

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child or group of children, you will need to find an agency and read some more information on adoption or fostering. It may be that Be My Parent can help you find a match – have a read about our service and look through some short profiles of children who need adopting or fostering. You may then wish to go on to register and subscribe to read all the online profiles in full and to make enquiries.

If you feel that adoption or fostering is not right for you at this stage, there are other ways you can help. You might want to consider:

  • Finding out about voluntary work and befriending schemes from your local council. Many local authorities have independent visitor schemes for children in care who have little or no contact with their family. For more details, contact your local council.

Last updated: 04 March 13

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