What age of child can I adopt?

Your social worker will discuss what age range you are thinking of during your initial enquiry. We will also explore and explain lots of options open to you including early permanence options such as fostering for adoption or concurrent planning.

There are groups of children who wait longer than any other children for an adoptive home. Children from Black, mixed and other ethnic groups are over-represented in the numbers of children in care system so children from these ethnic groups often wait longer, in addition to:

  • brother and sister groups
  • children aged 4 years and over
  • children with additional needs