We have been in a relationship for 6 months, can we adopt?

While there is no regulatory requirement for a couple to be in a relationship for a specified period of time before they can adopt, the adoption process can be stressful and we would need some evidence that a relationship is likely to be able to withstand the adoption process before we start any assessment and applicants also need to be able to provide references who can comment on the strength of their partnership.

Therefore, usually we would expect that a couple have lived together for about two years before we progress any enquiry. If you have any questions about this or your relationship is less than two years please speak to us for advice.