Information about adoption, the skills needed, the assessment process and support services.


Welcome to the Suffolk Adoption Agency

Message from Sally Stoker, Head of Adoption Service:

In Suffolk, we are proud of our success in placing children with adoptive families.

In the last 3 years, we have placed 180 children from the ages of just a few months old to 8 years old. We have assessed and approved more than a hundred enthusiastic and loving families across the county and we always need more.

If you think you could be one of our future adoptive families, we would like you to take a look at our pages on this website. There is advice on how you could start your adoption journey and, when you have decided that adoption is something you want to offer a Suffolk child, there is further advice on what you will need to do to get ready to adopt and what you should do next.

Please read on, as your adoption journey could start here.


What is adoption?

Adoption means providing a permanent, stable home to a child, where they have the very best chance to fulfil their potential. Adoption offers children the opportunity to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. It is the legal process by which parental responsibility for a child is given to a new parent or parents by a Court. Adopters can provide a secure family home for children unable to remain with their birth parents. Finally, adoption is a permanent, life-long commitment to the child.


Who can adopt?

Suffolk Adoption Agency are looking for people from all walks of life to provide families for Suffolk children. You may be more suitable than you think. We have a specific web page dedicated to the topic of who can adopt, which can be found by clicking here. Read our Information Guide here.


The steps to adoption

You can find our step by step guide to becoming an adoptive parent, from your initial enquiry through to an Adoption Order issued by the court, by clicking here.


Suffolk children need Suffolk adopters

Suffolk Adoption Agency can currently only take applications from people living within the county. If you live outside of Suffolk please contact the local authority in your area. We are currently looking for families for:

  • Sibling Groups
  • Children 4+
  • Disabled babies and children
  • Babies and young children to be placed on a foster to adopt basis

To find out more about the children waiting, please visit 'The children waiting' page.


Forthcoming information events 

Information Events are a useful way to find out more about adopting a Suffolk child and are the best place to start after contacting us. These events are based in Ipswich and run from 17:30 to 19:30. We currently have the following dates available:

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Wednesday 26th November 2014

You can book onto these events and future courses online after registering on our Parenting Channel, details of which can be found on our 'Further information and useful links' page.


Contacting Us

Enquiring about adoption:

We recommend that you speak to an Adoption Worker for support and further guidance on any of the above topics. If you haven't already done so, please call us on 01473 264800 to arrange a telephone call with an Adoption Social Worker or just to request an information pack. Alternatively, you can arrange for us to contact you via email.

Enquiring about step-parent adoption:

If you would like to find out more about how to adopt your partner's child or children, please call us on 01473 265595

Adopting a child from another country:

If you would like information on adopting a child from another country - known as inter-country adoption - please call PACT (Parents and Children Together) on 0300 456 4800 or visit their website at However, Suffolk Adoption Agency would still be happy to hear from you if you are interested in adopting a Suffolk child, in which case please contact us on 01473 264800 to find out more.


Support - Adoption and Special Guardianship

Suffolk Adoption Agency also provides support and advice:

  • to those who have adopted a child or children
  • to Suffolk residents who have themselves been adopted
  • on Special Guardianship Orders

For more information on this support service, please visit the Adoption Support and Special Guardianship web pages here and contact them on 01473 265700.

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