Wondering if you are able to adopt?

Are you able to offer an environment that is safe, stable and loving in which children can grow and enjoy a healthy, constant family life? 

Are you able to empathize with a child, to have fun with them, and can you handle challenging situations?

These are important requirements when considering becoming an adoptive parent.

From a practical perspective, you are eligible to apply to adopt if you:

  • are aged 21 or over. There is no upper age limit to becoming an adoptive parent
  • are single, married, in a civil partnership, living together with a partner or are part of a dual serving couple
  • are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual
  • are already a parent
  • are a homeowner or renting a property in the UK*
  • have a criminal record. This does not automatically mean you cannot adopt.

*SSAFA has an established team of social workers who work to connect and support adoptive families throughout the UK, and can also provide support and advice to those who are deployed overseas. However, assessment, approval and the placement support can only be offered once applicants are based in the UK.

SSAFA's adoption services are especially looking for applications right now from anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • People who can consider adopting single children who are aged three and upwards
  • People who can consider adopting brothers and sisters of all ages who need to be adopted together
  • People who can consider children aged 0 – 4 years who have additional needs
  • People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to give children from diverse backgrounds of all ages an adoptive family that reflects their heritage.

Do get in touch with SSAFA's friendly team of professionals for an informal discussion about adoption​.

Adopt with SSAFA

Adopt with SSAFA

Our specialist adoption service places children with military families