A guide to adoption
What is adoption
Adoption is when you provide a permanent family for a child who cannot live with their birth parents.
An adoptive parent takes on all the legal rights and responsibilities for the child that a birth family would normally have.
All kinds of people can adopt. You can be in a relationship or single, straight or LGBT, working or unemployed, a home-owner or renting, a parent or childless, and from any ethnic background. You don't necessarily have to live in Rotherham to adopt a Rotherham child.
There are just a few conditions you have to meet:
- You must be over the age of 21 years (there is no upper age limit)
- You must have adequate space in your home for a child
- You must not have been convicted of certain offences
Adopted children are nearly always the youngest in the family, and should usually be at least two years younger than other children.
Many people can be put off adoption because they think their personal circumstances will affect their chances of being accepted.
Our jargon buster or glossary contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in Adoption.