Can I adopt if I/we have a disability?

Having a disability does not exclude people from becoming adopters and it is widely recognised that people with disabilities can often provide a very loving home for a child. Disability is only one of the many issues that we will consider so don’t rule yourself out.

It is also recognised that the life experiences of people with a disability can give them a unique insight into the lives of children in care, who often have a sense of themselves as ‘different’ or who may also have a disability. Living alongside disability in the context of positive relationships can teach children the importance of inclusivity and how to value difference.

As part of the adoption assessment you will undergo a full medical with your own GP. Their recommendation to is sent to an adoption panel Medical Adviser who will assess the information provided our assessing social workers will also explore with you any potential impact this may have on parenting and how these would be managed.