We find families for children who need them, call us on 0117 935 0005


We find families for children who need them, call us on 0117 935 0005


Can I adopt?

1. I’m single can I adopt?

Yes you can, you need to be over 21. Consideration will be given to your support networks whether you are single or in a couple.

2. I’m over 40 can I adopt?

Yes you can, you need to be over 21 but there is no upper age limit. Consideration will be given to your age comparative to the age of the child you want to adopt.

3. I’m gay can I adopt?

Yes you can, whether you are heterosexual, lesbian or gay is not a factor in your right to adopt. At CCS we recognise the strengths and skills that LGBT adopters bring, and welcome enquiries from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender adopters

4. Can I adopt if I work full-time/I’m unemployed/I’m on a low income?

Yes you can, your financial circumstances and employment status will always be considered as part of an adoption assessment, but low income, being unemployed or employed do not automatically rule you out.

5. I have a criminal record can I adopt?

If you have a criminal caution or conviction for offences against children or certain sexual offences against adults then you will not be able to adopt but, with the exception of these specified offences, a criminal record will not necessarily rule you out. The key is to be totally honest in your application.

6. I have children living at home can I adopt?

Yes you can, having children of your own (of any age) will not exclude you from adopting, whether they are living at home with you or have grown up. Consideration will, however, be given to the age gap between your own children and the age of the child(ren) you wish to adopt and the position of each child within the family in accordance with the child(ren)’s needs. Children over 16 will usually be DBS checked, as will any other adult member of your household.

7. I can’t have birth children, can I adopt?

Yes you can, we will discuss your personal circumstances with you.

8. I smoke, can I adopt?

Smoking will not necessarily rule you out from adopting. Consideration will be given to this and to all health- and lifestyle-related issues.

9. I’m disabled, can I adopt?

Being disabled does not automatically exclude anyone from becoming an adopter and it is widely recognised that disabled people can often provide a very loving home for a child. Disability is only one of the many issues that will be considered so don’t rule yourself out.

10. Can I adopt a child from a different ethnic background?

Yes you can, the aim for everyone in the adoption system is to find loving families for each child in need of a happy future, even if there is not a perfect ethnic match. Ethnicity is relevant however and you must have an understanding of the challenges that raising a child of a different ethnicity can provide.

What do our adopters say?

“Just want to say a big “Thank you” to all at CCS for making our dream come true. Anyone thinking of adopting, OK, it’s not easy but stick with it because its so worthwhile in the end. Good Luck !”

Don’t rule yourself out

Contact us for more information about adopting with CCS and to chat about your personal circumstances.

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