Adoption is when a child is given a new, permanent home with a family. The child has to be under 18 years old and in a situation where going back to the birth parents is not possible.
The process of adopting is quite long and thorough, to ensure the best home for the child. You can apply to adopt if you're over 21 years old and able to offer a stable, caring home. You can be married or single.
More details about the process and the support available from the organisations below.
One of the main organisations which looks after every aspect of fostering and adopting children, it ensures that high standards and good training is available for all who are part of the process. They have two offices in Wales in Cardiff and Rhyl.
Family Lives is a helpline staffed by parents for anyone in a parenting role including step-parents, grandparents, lone parents and adoptive parents. They offer support and information on all issues of concern including bullying, behaviour, sexual abuse, education, alcohol and drugs.
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