Adoption and fostering information and answers to common questions
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?
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 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?
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 you feel that adoption or fostering is not right for you at this stage, you help in other ways:
- Find 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.
Last updated: 11 December 14