Adoption

Find out what Suffolk Adoption Agency can offer you as a adopter, including support before, during and after the adoption process.

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Why adopt with Suffolk?Man with boy on bike

Find out why you should adopt through Suffolk Adoption Agency and what benefits you can gain or receive.

When you adopt with Suffolk Adoption Agency, you will:

  • provide a child who cannot be cared for by their birth parents the chance to grow in a caring family
  • have big aspirations for your child and stay committed to enabling them to succeed on their own path
  • grow and develop with your child in ways you couldn’t have predicted
  • help those in need in your local community
  • have support and training throughout the process
  • be part of a whole group of adopters in your area

Why adopt with Suffolk


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Join us at one of our Adoption Recruitment events (currently online) and hear more from our team about adopting a child.

You’ll get a chance to:

  • ask any questions you have about adoption
  • as well as finding out more about the adoption process.

Visit our events page to see the dates of all our upcoming adoption events.

Visit our events page

 


The steps to adoptionbaby with sibling

Find out more about the process to adopting a child from Suffolk Adoption Agency.

See how you'll be supported from your initial enquiry right through to matching and support by our friendly and knowledgeable team.

You can also view our infographic showing the full adoption process step by step to better understand what's involved.

Read our steps to adoption

 


Can I adopt?Couple with daughter laughing

We welcome enquiries from people of any ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, any religion or sexual orientation and from people with disabilities.

We've listed some of the common questions people ask us, which you may find helpful.

Have a look and see if your questions are answered on our dedicated page - you can also discuss your own personal circumstances with our friendly team. 

Can I adopt FAQs

 


Types of adoptionChild on man's shoulders

Discover what type of adoption is right for you, including Early Permanence, Special Guardianship and Step Parent Adoption.

We offer different types of adoption, these are:

  • Mainstream Adoption
  • Early Permanence
  • Step Parent Adoption

As well as alternatives to adoption including:

  • Special Guardianship
  • Child Arrangement Order

Types of adoption

 


Real adoption storiesPiggy back ride mum and daughter

Read real stories from adoptive parents and children who have been raised by a Suffolk adopter.

Read real stories from our adoptive parents about adopting:

  • sibling groups
  • a child with complex needs
  • a child into a family with a birth child
  • an older child (above the age of 4)
  • a child through concurrency
  • Third time adopters

Read our adoption stories


Children who need adoptionBaby smiling min

Read our profiles of real children who are waiting to be adopted and need a home with a new family.

We're looking for adoptive parents for our children in care. Our children come from a wide range of backgrounds and are different ages, from babies and toddlers to older children.

If you're interested in adopting a child, you can contact us by emailing fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk or calling 01473 264800.

Read our children's profiles


Post adoption supportMother with baby holding flower

Adoption can be challenging, but we can help you. We will also provide a special life story book for your adopted child with information about adoption, and why they’ve been adopted.

You can contact us about:

  • counselling, financial help, Suffolk support groups and advice
  • assessment of adoption support needs
  • details of specialist services and how to access them
  • therapeutic services
  • supporting your child to contact their birth family
  • training and workshops
  • intermediary service
  • access to a child’s records
  • support for children who have experienced loss and trauma
  • advice for adoptive parents moving to a different local authority

Read about our post adoption support

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Why adopt with Suffolk?

Suffolk’s mission is to secure families for Suffolk children.

Types of adoption

Discover what type of adoption is right for you.

Can I adopt?

We welcome enquiries from people of any ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds, any religion or sexual orientation and from people with disabilities.

Children who need adopting

Read profiles of the type of children who have previously been waiting to be adopted and needed a home with a new family.

Real adoption stories

Read real stories from parents who have adopted through Suffolk County Council.

Post adoption support

Find out what support we can offer adoptive parents, adopted children and birth relatives of adopted children.

The steps to adoption

Learn about the process to adopting a child from Suffolk Adoption Agency.