Who can adopt?
There is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ adoptive family. We are not looking for perfect parents who have not had any difficulties in life. In fact, we realise that people who have faced problems and worked through them are often stronger for the experience.
We are looking for adopters who can adopt children up to seven years of age or older if they are part of a sibling group:
- It is not important if you are married or single, heterosexual or gay
- You need to be over 21 and of an age to be able to meet the needs of any children placed and see them though to adulthood and beyond
- You do not need to have lots of savings, but you do need to be financially secure
- It is not important if you live in a house or flat or whether it is owned or rented, just that you have a secure tenancy, there is enough space and it is safe and secure.
We welcome enquiries from people from all walks of life and all different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds to meet the needs of a wide range of children who are waiting for adoption.
We are particularly interested in hearing from families who could consider children who tend to wait longer to be placed for adoption such as sibling groups of two or three children, older children whose background’s and needs are more complicated, children with disabilities and those of Black African or Caribbean heritage.
We provide specialist support throughout the process to become approved as an adopter and after a child is placed with you through our Adoption Support Service. Families who adopt through Ealing are offered a range of different training courses and access to experienced mentors.