Adoption and fostering information and answers to common questions
- 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.
- 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?
- What are the different types of fostering?
- What is special guardianship?
- 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?
- ...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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
If you are interested in adopting or fostering a child or group of children, you can:
- Read more about adoption or fostering
- Find an agency
- Read some short profiles of children who need adopting or fostering
- Subscribe to Be My Parent to read the children's full profiles
If adoption or fostering is not right for you at this stage
You can help in other ways, such as:
Last updated: 30 January 15