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Becoming an adoptive parent

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If you're ready to proceed you will be asked to confirm this in writing and give us permission to carry out safeguarding checks (including DBS checks), and collect written references. You’ll need a medical carried out by your doctor, which you'll have to pay for yourself.


You’ll be asked to complete a workbook, which we can help you with, during workshops. You'll also have further opportunities to meet social workers and attend training.


The process requires a lot of form filling and plenty of thinking about how you’ll be able to provide a loving home for a child who may have experienced trauma or neglect.


Based on the information gathered during this stage, the agency will make a decision on whether you can continue to stage 2, which you can start straight away or defer while you do further training.