Newcastle Adoption service is looking for families for children of all ages, children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, children with complex needs and sibling groups of children.
We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
Adoption enquiry form
Fill in our online enquiry form if you would like to make an initial enquiry about adopting.
One of our social workers will contact you to talk to you more about adopting a child through the Newcastle Adoption Service, or you can contact us directly.
You can also come along to one our information evenings during 2013 at 7pm at the Civic Centre, Newcastle on:
- Thursday 16 January 2014
- Thursday 6 March 2014
Are you considering adopting?
- What is adoption?
- Who can adopt?
- Adoption process
- Post adoption support
- Benefit entitlement for adopters
Adoptive parents provide a secure and loving permanent home for children who cannot live with their birth families. When you adopt you become the child's legal parent.
There are lots of reasons why children cannot live with their birth families. It could be that they have been neglected or abused. Some children may have a disability or needs that their family cannot cope with.
We have children of all ages who need adoptive parents. Some are groups of brothers and sisters who need to stay together.
All of them need loving parents who can give them the care they need to adjust to new lives and go on to have a happy and fulfilling future.
If you would like to adopt with us you will need to live within 50 miles of Newcastle.
You must be at least 21 years old. We don't have an upper age limit but how old you are may determine the age of the child you can adopt.
You don't need to own your home or have a job, but your financial situation does need to be stable.
You can be single, married or living with a partner.
You can be heterosexual, gay or lesbian.
You can adopt if you have a disability.
You can adopt if you already have children.
Having a criminal record won't necessarily stop you from adopting but you must tell us about it, even if the offence is spent.
Most of all you need to have commitment, patience and the ability to share your life and home with children who need your support.
We aim to find secure and loving families for all children who are adopted through our service. The process is thorough, but necessary. It can be demanding but we provide support every step of the way, both during the process and after you have adopted a child.
The adoption process is in two stages, the first stage is to provide you with information and training to help you decide if adoption is right for you. We will also be completing a series of checks.
The second stage is to provide you with further training and to give you the opportunity to learn more and hear from people who have already adopted children. During the second stage your Home Study / Assessment will also be carried out.
The assessment looks at your experience and finds where you may need support and help to develop your skills.
The assessment involves writing a report about you. You will have the opportunity to read, and to contribute to the report.
Your report is then presented to the Independant Adoption Panel. We aim to complete assessments and present your application to the adoption panel within 6 months of your registration of interest. You will be asked to attend so the panel can discuss your application. A recommendation will then made by the panel. After this the Adoption Service will then decide if your application can be approved.
If your application is approved we will work towards matching you with a child.
We offer a post adoption service for people who:
have had a child adopted
have adopted a child
are an adult who was adopted
You can use this service at any time even if it is long after an adoption was made. If you want advice or guidance because of the difference adoption has made to your life, we are here to help you. We can give help and advice to:
adopted children who need help understanding what adoption means
adoptive parents who want support and guidance about challenges in parenting
adopted adults who would like advice about their birth family
adopted adults who would like support through a reunion with their birth family
birth families who have been affected by adoption and want to share their feelings
adoptive families and birth families who need help in relation to contact
professionals who need advice about post adoption
We can offer you:
Advice and counselling.
A confidential post box service for birth families and a post box service for families who have adopted. You can swap information through this service and keep children up to date with what is happening in their birth family.
Support groups for waiting adopters and adoptive parents to meet and talk about things of interest. We also run an LGBT group which support same sex adopters across the region.
Social events for adoptive parents and children to meet each other.
Support groups for adopted children.
Information on support groups for birth parents.
Support and counselling if a child in your family was adopted.
If you are an adult and were adopted as a child, we can try to help you find information about your birth family and offer you counselling. We can also provide you with guidance should you wish to make contact with your birth family.
Generally an adopted child is classed as part of a claimant's family and can be included in a benefit claim. But there may be other considerations. For example, if the child is in care or if they have been placed with a family pending adoption. For more information about the benefits that could be available to you visit our Welfare Rights pages.
For further advice and information on benefits available to adopters visit:
What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Adoption and fostering are different. When people adopt a child they become the full, legal parents of that child. Fostering is an arrangement in which the child remains the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or the birth parents. Most children in care are fostered for short periods of time and eventually return to their birth parents. Where children will not be able to return to their birth family, the local authority will look into alternatives such as adoption. Some children need permanent foster care when adoption is not appropriate for them. This can be for all sorts of reasons to do with their specific needs.
Who can't adopt?
There are very few people who can't adopt, but anyone who has committed a serious criminal offence, including offences against a child, or certain violent offences, will not be able to adopt. Some serious medical conditions may prevent a person from being approved as an adoptive parent. You do need to consider whether your accommodation will offer sufficient space for any child joining your family.
Your general health, wellbeing and lifestyle choices will be taken into consideration when the adoption assessment is carried out as some issues or conditions can limit your parenting capacity. However, we have no 'blanket bans' as such and will look at each issue in the context of the whole assessment and what you are able to offer as adoptive parents.
What if I smoke?
You can still adopt if you are a smoker, however we would not place children under the age of five in a household where anybody smokes because of the potential health risks involved. We would want to place any child with asthma or similar conditions in a non-smoking household.
What support will I get after I have adopted a child?
We recognise that adoptive parents may need support throughout the childhood and teenage years of their adopted child. We are committed to doing everything we can to help. We have an Adoption Support Team attached to the service who are dedicated to providing adoption support to anyone affected by adoption. We will provide you with support at your invitation and you won't be left to cope on your own. You can request an assessment of support needs at any time. We also access the service of 'After Adoption' for anyone who would prefer to have independant adoption support.
Will I be paid?
Adoptive parents are not paid for parenting adopted children. However, in some cases, it may be necessary to carry out an assessment of need for adoption support. Part of this assessment is to look at your financial circumstances. In certain circumstances we can agree to support placements with one off payments or a series of payments to meet a specific need such as therapy for the child or to support an adoptive placement where the child has additional needs and would benefit from financial support.
Will I be given information about a child's background?
All adoption agencies are required by law to give you written information about the child. This will include details of their background, history of care and educational and medical needs. It will help you to understand the needs of the child when they come to live in your home. It also allows you to help the child to understand the circumstances around their adoption as they grow up.
Does it matter where I live?
We recruit adopters who live outside Newcastle within a 50 mile radius as well as those who live in the local area.
Our pledge to prospective adopters is that we will send out an information pack to you within 5 working days of your enquiry. We will also invite you to an information evening within two months of your initial enquiry and arrange a follow up interview once we have received your completed enquiry form.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 211 6777
After Adoption is a leading voluntary adoption agency and adoption support charity. It finds families for children currently in the care system as well as supporting all those affected by adoption.
Unit 5 Citygate
5 Blantyre Street
Phone: 0800 0 568 578
Adoption Contact Register for England
Adoption Contact Register for England - puts adopted people and their birth parents in touch with each other where this is what they both want. Phone: 0870 750 2173
Adoption UK - a national self-help group, run by adoptive parents who offer support before, during and after adoptio n. Phone: 01295 752 240
Be my parent
Be my parent - an adoption and fostering service for children in the UK.
British Association for Adoption and Fostering
6-10 Kirby Street
Phone: 020 7421 2666
Fax: 020 7421 2660
Email: bmp@baaf .org.uk
British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)
BAAF Newcastle office
Newcastle upon Tyne
General phone: 0191 261 6600
Advice line: 0870 241 0663 (9am - 1 pm)
Fax: 0191 232 2063
British Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)
6-10 Kirby Street
Phone: 0207 421 2600
Fax: 020 7593 2001
Commission for Social Care Inspection
St Nicholas Building
St Nicholas Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 233 3323
Family Rights Group
The Print House
18 Ashwin House
Phone: 020 7923 2628
Fax: 020 7923 2683
Families in Care
Old Brewery Court
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone: 0191 260 5300
First 4 adoption
The first e-learning module to support the two-stage process is now available please click here to go to the module. The module looks at criteria for adoption and will help prospective adopters explore this area to ascertain if adoption is right for them.
General Register Office
To apply for an adoption certificate or an original birth certificate.
Phone: 0151 471 4830
Website : www.direct.gov.uk/gro
National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and their Parents
National Organisation for Counselling Adoptees and their Parents (NORCAP)
Phone: 01865 875 000
Fax: 01865 875 686
North East Post Adoption Service (NEPAS)
North East Post Adoption Service (NEPAS)
Royal Quays Community Centre
Prince Consort Way
Phone: 0191 296 6064
The General Register Office
Phone: 0800 783 1234
Birth family provides information about the process of having your child adopted. Being adopted explains what happens when you are adopted by a new family. International adoptions provides information about different procedures for adopting from overseas. Step-child adoption provides more information about this process. If you would like to read our adoption policy and procedures please contact us.
Are you thinking of having your child adopted?
Are you a child or adult who has been adopted?
Are you thinking of adopting a child from abroad?
Are you thinking of adopting a step-child?
Birth family provides information about the process of having your child adopted.
Being adopted explains what happens when you are adopted by a new family.
International adoptions provides information about different procedures for adopting from overseas.
Step-child adoption provides more information about this process.
If you would like to read our adoption policy and procedures please contact us.