Interested in adopting?
It doesn’t matter if you are gay, straight, single, married or in a civil partnership
You don’t need to own your own home
We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnic group or faith
Hampshire Adoption is always looking for adoptive families. Like the children, every adoptive family is different and we welcome people from all walks of life.
Can I adopt?
Yes. Experienced parents often have a lot to offer, but as part of the assessment we would need to take into account the wishes and feelings of your child and ensure that adoption is right for them too.
Is there an age limit?
No, but the law states that you do need to be over 21 years of age to adopt.
Do I need to live in Hampshire?
Not necessarily. We welcome applicants who live anywhere in Hampshire or within a reasonable distance to the county border.
Do I need to be married?
No. We welcome applicants who are single, married, in civil partnerships, or simply living together, but we do ask that if you are in a relationship, the relationship is well established and stable.
Do I need to own my own home?
No. You don’t need to own your own home, but it is important that you have secure, long-term, accommodation and a spare room.
Can I adopt if I have been in trouble with the Police?
Maybe. All applicants will be police checked as part of the assessment and all criminal convictions and cautions will be disclosed. Applicants with a history of violent or sexual offences or offences against children will not be considered.
Does it matter if I have an on-going health condition?
Maybe. We do ask that you are generally fit and healthy and you will be asked to have a medical examination with your GP as part of Stage 1. Hampshire Adoption does not discriminate against anyone who has general health issues or disabilities but we do need to know how this might impact on your parenting of a child and what extra support you might need.
Can I adopt if I am a smoker?
Maybe. We won’t place children under the age of five or any child with health conditions or disabilities with smokers, however if you do smoke you would be expected to smoke outside and away from children. If you are trying to give up we need you to be able to evidence that you have given up for a year before we can approve you as prospective adopters. It is best to see your GP and ask for advice and guidance.
Can I adopt if I already have a child?
Yes. Experienced parents often have a lot to offer, but as part of the assessment we would need to take into account the wishes and feelings of your child and ensure that adoption is right for them too. We also believe that the age gap between your child and an adopted child should be at least 2-3 years so if your child is currently under the age of two, it is unlikely that we would prioritise your application.
Do I need to have childcare experience?
Yes. Spending time with your nieces, nephews or children within your friendship group is invaluable, but caring for children in a setting such as Cubs, Rainbows, SureStart, a nursery or pre-school will give you insight into a range of children with different needs.
Can I adopt if I work full-time?
Yes. We appreciate that many parents have to work but we do ask that you think carefully about how you are going to care for a child and meet your work commitments. We do ask that the main carer is able to give up work for at least 6 months after a child moves in to help them settle into their new family life. Sometimes the child might need you to be home for longer than this.
Can I adopt if we have had fertility treatment?
Yes. We recognise that the process of infertility treatment can be an emotional rollercoaster and it takes time to adjust to the news about your fertility problems and the plans you had to start a family. We therefore ask that you take some time between any fertility treatment or the loss of a child before considering adoption.
Do I need to have lots of money?
No. You do not need to have lots of money to adopt a child, but we do ask that you are financially stable and do not have a high level of debt. We also need to be sure that you are able to cover the general costs of having a child and being a parent.
Is there a perfect ‘adoptive parent’?
No. Much like children, adoptive families come in all shapes and sizes. We only ask that you lead a child-friendly lifestyle and have the time and space for a child. Adoption will transform your life and we need to know that you are ready for the challenge.