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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.

Useful contacts

  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering

    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.

  • Adoption Information Line

    An information service that gives up-to-date information about all aspects of adoption.

  • Adoption UK

    Support for families before, during and after adopting.

  • Barnados

    An agency with over a 100 years experience of finding new homes for children.

  • Family Lives

    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.

    • Telephone: 0808 800 2222 (7am-Midnight)
    • Textphone: 0800 783 6783
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  • Children in Wales

    Children in Wales is an umbrella organisation which looks after the interests of children, young people and families in Wales. Advice, useful links and news for parents and organisations.

  • DirectGov - Adoption and fostering

    Official information about fostering and adoption options from the UK government.