Adoption

Adoption

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Adopted child

At any one time there are 20 children in Doncaster who cannot be brought up with their birth family and need to be adopted. Adoption provides a stable, loving and permanent family home.

When you adopt a child you agree to care for them emotionally, financially and physically as if they were your own. Adoption is a legal process in which parental responsibility is transferred to the adoptive parents. Adoption is for life and the child will become part of your family forever. This is a big decision to make and one that will not only change the child’s life for the better, but will alter your life in every way. We understand that choosing to adopt a child is not a decision that can be made easily and aim, as a Trust, to ensure you have the right information and support when considering adopting a child.

To meet with the government's aim to organise all adoption services regionally local Adoption Teams in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham, are working towards Regionalisation of Adoption to create one single South Yorkshire agency, providing the best possible local adoption services.

You can find out more about this by visiting the One Adoption website here: www.oneadoption.co.uk

I want to adopt

Doncaster is always looking for people who are interested in providing safe and secure homes for children through adoption. We accept applications from people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles. Find out more about by visiting our dedicated adoption website here: www.adoptingindoncaster.org

I want to adopt my step-child 

Step parent adoption happens when the new partner of a parent, legally adopts a child from a previous relationship of that parent. This transfers all levels of parental responsibility from the ‘absent’ birth parent, to the step parent. A court will grant an Adoption Order which severs all legal links with the child’s absent birth parent and wider family. The application must be made before the child’s 18th birthday.

You can apply to adopt a step child if:

  • You are over 21
  • You are married to one of the child’s birth parents, or are living with a birth parent in an family relationship for a minimum of 1 year
  • You reside in the British Isles and have done so for at least 6 months

The best interests of the child must be considered prior to applying for adoption, it is important to consider their thoughts and feelings, as well as those of the ‘absent’ birth parent and their family.
To find out more about adopting a step-child, please contact our adoption support team by emailing fostering&adoption@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk or calling 01302 734333

I am related to someone who is going to be, or was, adopted

If you are ready to take the first steps in trying to find a family member who was, or is, adopted then you can register your interest in searching for them. PAC-UK is an independent agency who we work with to provide adoption support services. They are a team of specialist workers who help provide individuals and families affected by adoption. Find out more, and register your interest in searching for someone who has been adopted, by visiting their website: www.pac-uk.org

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