Do I need a ‘spare’ bedroom to adopt?

Yes, you will need to be able to provide a child or children with their own bedroom. Sibling groups can share depending on size of group, ages and their own needs.

What do we mean by ‘spare bedroom’

You need to have an empty bedroom that is not currently being used by anyone else living in your home, whilst you (and any birth children or family members living with you) also have a bedroom to call your own to be able to adopt. This will ensure that your adopted child has a safe, private space to call their own, no matter what the age of the child.

Some children who require adoption may have shared bedrooms before but we know how important it is for them to have their own bedroom when joining your family.

We would also recommend avoiding the situation where your existing children are required to move rooms or perhaps give up some space perhaps with renovations in order to accommodate another child. In our experience, although existing children might agree to such arrangements, be excited about it, it may lead to problems in the future. All children have their own specific individual needs and they are the most important aspect in all our decisions. We never underestimate the sense of value and importance that having a space of our own can mean.