There are children waiting to be adopted in Northern Ireland right now. They need the love and attention of a committed family, and new parents who are fit and healthy and full of life.
We are always waiting to hear from people who are interested in adoption, and have a team of dedicated Social Workers who are here to answer your questions, and support you through the adoption process.
Who can Adopt?
- A couple who are married, in a civil partnership or living together
- A single person
- People of any religious denomination or none
- People of any racial or cultural background
- Those wishing to be parents for the first time
- Those who already have birth or adopted children and want to parent again
Who are the children?
- Some are babies and very young children
- Some children are older and have started school
- Some have a brother or a sister and need to live together
- Make an initial enquiry:-CONTACT US by phone or email
- Have an initial interview:- Talk to one of our professional and experienced Social Workers , who will be able to tell you more about adoption in Northern Ireland. We will talk to you about your motivation and expectations about adoption, the checks we need to carry out before we start, the preparation and assessment process, the kinds of children who need adoptive homes and what the challenges of adoption might be.
- Make an Application:- If we agree with you that you have the potential to offer a child or children a safe, loving and committed family home through adoption, you will be invited to make an application.
- Have an Assessment:- You will be allocated a Social Worker to undertake your Assessment and support you through the process. Your social worker will meet with you in the Agency office and in your home, and will meet you individually and together (if you are a couple). The Social Worker will explore your own family background, your childhood and your present circumstances in order to build up a comprehensive picture of you and your family. The Agency will also undertake the necessary Social Services, Police and and Medical checks and will take up personal and possibly professional references. An Adoption Assessment is a demanding process and we might have to address all sorts of issues with you: Because adoption is a life long commitment to a child or children, we must be sure you are ready for the role, and just as importantly, you must be certain you can make a success of it.
- Go on a Preparation Course:-In the course of your Assessment, you will attend a Preparation to Adopt course to help you think about the real implications of adopting, meet other people on the adoption journey and hear from people who have already adopted in Northern Ireland. The Preparation Course is a chance to take a very honest look at what you want out of adoption and what you can offer a child waiting for adoption including what are the needs of an adopted child? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a prospective adoptive parent? Can you make the sort of commitment that will really make a difference to a child’s life?
- Attend Adoption Panel:- Your Adoption Assessment will usually take 6-9 months, after which your Social Worker will produce a report for the Adoption Panel which you will also read. The Panel is made up of social workers, other professionals and independent people, and you will come to Panel along with your Social Worker. Panel members will consider the report, ask you some questions, and will recommend whether or not you should be approved as an adoptive parent. Because you and your Social Worker have worked together, you will know your Social Workers opinion, and it is important to remember that almost everyone who reaches to the Adoption Panel stage are approved to adopt.
- Matching:-Once you are approved to adopt, we can begin to consider whether there are children waiting for adoption who might be a suitable match for you. Family Care places children with adoptive families on behalf of local Trusts throughout Northern Ireland, and also for Local Authorities in other parts of the United Kingdom on occasion.
Still interested? CONTACT US!!
Belfast 028 90 699 11 33 or Derry 028 71 36 85 92