If at first it seems that there are many steps to climb before you are approved to adopt, remember that adoption is a life long commitment. You, and we, need to be really sure that it is the right way forward for all involved.
Below is a very brief outline of the process to becoming adopters. In Suffolk the average time it now takes to complete an assessment is 12 months.
Come to an information session, meet other prospective adopters and staff.
Complete a personal questionnaire and request an initial home visit.
Attend a preparation course.
Work through your main assessment including a detailed home study with your adoption social worker.
Attend a panel where your application and assessment are discussed. A decision on your approval will follow within 10 days.