Adoption in Rotherham

A guide to adoption

One Adoption Agency South Yorkshire

One Adoption South Yorkshire

Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield now work together under one new regional adoption agency - One Adoption South Yorkshire.

Combining our expertise, resources and shared commitment to delivering the best possible outcomes gives One Adoption South Yorkshire a great opportunity to find more adopter families for local children who need them. It will help reduce delays for children and develop consistently outstanding adoption support services.

If you're interested in adoption call 0345 002 0012 or visit One Adoption South Yorkshire to find out more.

Can you offer a child a permanent home?

Adopting a child gives them long term security, a brighter future and the family lift they crave.

Children in our care can't, for whatever reason, live with their birth parents. They rely on people like you to become their new family, to give them lots of love, understanding and support as they grow up.

One Adoption South Yorkshire is looking for families for children of all ages in particular families who would consider sibling groups, older children and children with additional needs.

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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.

Adoption myths

Many people can be put off adoption because they think their personal circumstances will affect their chances of being accepted.

Find out more about adoption myths

Jargon buster

Our jargon buster or glossary contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in Adoption.

Adoption jargon buster