We welcome adoptive applicants from as wide a variety of backgrounds as possible, to include:
- Married couples
- Couples living together of any sex
- Same sex civil partnerships
- Single people of either sex.
Many backgrounds and culture
Children need adopters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures who understand their heritage and needs. We are especially keen to attract adopters who are able to reflect the diverse ethnicities of the children in our care.
Over 21 and in reasonable health
To apply to adopt you must be over 21 years of age (preferably older). Although there is no legal upper age limit, you need to have a reasonable expectation of parenting a child into adult life. Adoption can be very demanding - this is why the age, health and lifestyle of applicants are all taken into consideration as part of the assessment process.
If applicants are disabled, we will need to discuss with you what support you may need to parent an adopted child. Adoptive families need energy and commitment to cope with family life and to meet the child's needs. Health and well being play a part in the assessment process and we will want to understand how your health condition / impairment affects your daily life and how you adapt to challenges and barriers. We will want to seek advice from medical specialists about your condition, how it affects you and what works to help you participate. You should raise these issues with a social worker when you first enquire.
Settled and stable
Generally, you should live and expect to remain in Suffolk for three years following the commencement of the assessment.
If you are in a partnership (heterosexual or same sex, married, in a civil partnership or living together) the expectation is that both applicants are assessed together and that you have lived together in a stable relationship for at least three years.
Your ethnicity and culture
It is important for children to recognise and value their own ethnicity. The family of choice for a child needing adoption is one that reflects his or her birth heritage. Whenever possible we seek to place children with a family from a similar religious, racial and cultural background.
Is the time right for you
We would normally suggest that you should wait a year if within the last six months you have undergone, or concluded fertility investigation / treatment, or if you have had a miscarriage or a child who has died within the previous 12 months.
Similarly, if you have just moved or are considering moving you should wait until you have settled.
If you are undergoing any medical treatment which may affect your ability to engage fully in the adoption process you should also think about waiting.