child friendly city'
Who can adopt?
All sorts of people can adopt. We welcome applications from people of all religions, races, genders and sexuality. Our adopters reflect a wide range of circumstances and life experience, for example, you may be married, single, in a relationship, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed. We assess every application on an individual basis.
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How old do I need to be to adopt?
You need to be at least 21 years old to adopt.
Do I need to have a particular type of accommodation?
You need to have enough space in your home to provide your adopted child with their own bedroom. You may own your own home, rent from the local authority or rent privately - what is more important is that you are able to offer space for your adopted child which meets his or her needs.
Can I apply to adopt if I live outside of Leeds?
To adopt with us you will need to live in Leeds or within a reasonable travelling distance from Leeds. You will also need to be a UK resident or have your permanent home in the British Isles. Please call us for further advice if you aren't sure whether you meet these requirements.
Do I need any special qualifications to adopt?
No. You should enjoy being with children and have a stable lifestyle but you don't need any special qualifications to adopt a child.
You will need the same skills you would need to parent a birth child, as well as some extra knowledge and skills to enable you to meet the additional needs of your adopted child. We offer you advice, training and continued support to help you build up the knowledge and skills you need. You can find more about this on the Things to think about page
How do you assess whether I can become an adoptive parent?
We will take you through an assessment process and together we will consider if now is the right time for you to adopt. Any concerns you may have will be considered and discussed in detail; in addition we will explore with you any issues that may arise.
Adoption is for life and together we will ensure that you are as prepared for this major change in your life as possible. It is important that you feel certain that adoption is right for you and that you can make a success of it, we are here to help. Please see our step by step guide.
What checks are needed if I apply to adopt?
As well as talking to you about your life, how adoption will impact on you and your family and whether adoption is right for you, we carry out some essential checks. These include Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks, address checks and health checks.
If a conviction is disclosed, we will need to discuss this with you. Certain convictions, such as offences against children and offences of violence, will prevent us proceeding with an application. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
We need to be as sure as we can be that you'll be able to care
for a child through to adulthood, so we ask that you have a medical
examination and discuss your health and wellbeing with us. This
doesn't mean you can't adopt if you have health issues, it just
means we will need to assess your long-term wellbeing.
If you've had IVF treatment we will ask you to wait 12 months or more after it finishes before you start the adoption process.
Can I adopt if I am receiving benefits?
Yes you can, it is important that adopters manage their finances within their means, whatever their financial circumstances. We would be concerned if you have considerable debts or significant money worries and we would need to consider this carefully with you.
For friendly advice and support today0113 395 2072
Dates for information evenings
Adoption information evening
Tuesday 14 January 2014
How do I apply?
If you are interested in adoption and would like to apply you should attend one of our adoption information evenings.Read more >>
Step-by-step guide to adoption
If you have patience and you have some love to give, you can make a difference.