About Adoption

Anyone aged 21 or over can adopt, no matter what skills they have and what their background is like 

If you’re interested in adoption, we’d be happy to answer your questions. We can assess anyone who lives in Bournemouth and within a 45 miles radius.  

Things to consider before making an adoption application 

  • Can you prioritise a child’s needs?
  • Are you ready to become a parent, or raise another child if you’re already a parent?
  • Is there a place in your heart and your family for a child?
  • Can you offer an emotionally and financially secure environment for them?

We treat potential adopters with honesty, tolerance and respect and ask the same from you in return.

Common misconceptions

There are some things that people assume about adoption that just aren't true, including who can and can’t adopt and the adoption process. Here are the facts. 

  • The adoption process doesn’t take forever. Assessments are usually completed within six months.
  • You don’t have to be married to adopt. You can also be in a civil partnership, a long-term relationship or single.
  • People from all religions and ethnic origins can adopt.
  • Disabled people aren’t excluded. We’re always looking for people with experience of living with disability.
  • We welcome LGBT applicants.
  • There is no upper age limit for adoption. You just have to be healthy enough to care for a child through to adulthood.
  • Not all offences stop you from adopting. However, you should tell us if you have a criminal record. We look up police records for all applicants. 

For more information about who can adopt, read our brochure or visit First4Adoption.

About the children

Our plans for finding adopters are led by children’s needs. Children need to be adopted if they can’t live with their birth family, or need stability from responsible adults. 

We follow the values explained in the Adopter’s Charter. This was published by the Government in 2011.

Contact Us


Adoption & Permanence Team

01202 456743


Adoption & Permanence Team

North Bournemouth Local Office
27 Slades Farm Road
BH10 4ES


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