How do I adopt?

smiling lady with child sitting on grass
Words cannot express the gratitude and affection we have for everyone who played a part in making our dreams come true."
- Maria

Step 1: Contact us

Tell us you are interested in adopting by either:

Office hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.30pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm

Step 2: Attend an information event

We'll invite you to an information event, where you'll have the opportunity to:

  • find out more about what's challenging and rewarding about adopting
  • hear first-hand from an adoptive parent
  • find out about the children waiting for adoption
  • meet social workers and ask questions

If adoption seems right for you, we will ask you to fill in a 'Registration of Interest' form to get you started.

Step 3: Pre-assessment

Now you will begin the first round of checks and preparation, known as Stage 1 Pre-Assessment.  This stage usually takes between 2-4 months.

Step 4: Training and assessment

Stage 2 is a 4 month process where you will:

  • attend training to build on your skills
  • be assessed by our team of experts

Together we will decide if adoption is the right thing for you and your family.

Step 5: Matching and placement

Once you are approved to adopt, a social worker will work with you to find your child or children.

It's hard to say how long this stage will take, as the right match is important.