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Adopter recruitment

We would like to hear from people who are interested in finding out more about adopting children.

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There are many reasons that a child requires an adoptive family. For these children, it has been necessary for the council and courts to become involved in their lives and a decision has been made that adoption is the best way to provide these children with a forever family who can meet all their needs as they grow up. Presently, there are over 2000 children in the UK who need to be adopted. A small amount of these children are looked after by Hillingdon.  

Who can adopt?

You may be able to adopt a child if you are aged 21 or over (there's no upper age limit) and you are either:

  • single
  • married
  • in a civil partnership
  • an unmarried couple (same sex and opposite sex)

We are interested to hear from potential adopter applicants who can consider offering a lifelong home to a child or sibling group. All children who need adoptive families will have additional needs. They have all experienced loss and separation from their parents and most children have also experienced some form of abuse and trauma.

We would like to talk to people who can consider adopting a child from foster care and are particularly keen to hear from applicants who can consider adopting:

  • children with disabilities, 
  • older children, four years and above  
  • larger sibling groups, three children or more
  • children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds

We are also keen to discuss the option of fostering to adopt with potential applicants. 

How to find out more

Please read the following information to consider if this is the right time to consider adoption. 

Practical situation

  • adopters need to be over 21 years of age, domiciled in the UK, not have a conviction in relation to harm to a child and be able to consider the children who need adoptive families
  • are able to commit to the preparation and assessment, including the timescales of stages one and two. 
    If you have recently experienced any significant loss such as a bereavement, separation, job loss, or are about to experience a significant upheaval eg moving home, changing jobs, this may not be the right time to consider adoption.

  • if relevant to your circumstances, we requires a gap of at least six months of ceasing any fertility treatment before you may be considered for adoption

  • if you are a couple, you need to have lived together for at least two years

  • your accommodation needs to be suitable, which will usually include a spare bedroom for a child

  • ideally you will have some contact and experience with children, or be willing to gain this

  • you will need to give agreement to checks and references being carried out, including if applicable, a reference from a previous partner

  • you need to live within one hour travelling time from Uxbridge in Hillingdon borough

Information session

If you satisfy the above, the next stage is to attend an information session:

  • When: 27 March
  • Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Where: Civic Centre in Uxbridge

It is necessary to book a place at this session. Each session has a limit of 20 family units. Bookings can be made at fost-adopt@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Future dates

  • 24 April

Adopter approval 

The process to support adults on their adoption journey is detailed below.

Attend an information session held monthly at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. At the end of this you will be asked if you wish to continue to the next step and inform us if you wish to make an enquiry to adopt. 

Enquiry - If you indicate you wish to make a formal enquiry you will be contacted within 10 days, by telephone, from a suitably experienced member of staff for a detailed discussion about adoption. This is an opportunity to explore your circumstances and together decide if moving to the next stage is suitable. If so, we will arrange for an initial visit to your home 

The home visit 

This is an opportunity for us to provide you with more details about the circumstances and needs of children who are waiting for adoptive families.

We will explore your motivation to adopt, living and work arrangements, previous experiences, your understanding about the impact of children's previous experiences and what you believe you can offer a child in need of adoption.

If you wish to continue you will need to apply to the council and complete a Registration of Interest (ROI) form.

The council will need to decide if they can accept your ROI. This will be based on information gathered about your suitability to proceed with your adoption enquiry and the capacity in the service to complete your assessment.

If the service accepts your ROI, you will be informed in writing and will then proceed to the two-stage assessment process

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