Adoption provides a secure and loving permanent home for children who can't live with their birth families for many reasons. When you adopt you become the child's legal parent.


What is adoption?

Parenting adopted children, whilst presenting unique challenges, can be extremely rewarding. If you are able to offer love, commitment, time, patience and the motivation to want to understand how your child sees the world, then that is a great start and the rewards will be limitless.

Adoptive parents come from different walks of life just like the children in need of a loving home.  Adopters can be of any age over 21, single or in a relationship regardless of sexuality, own or rent their home, be employed or not.

We have children of all ages who need adoptive parents. Some are groups of brothers and sisters who need to stay together.

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Do something life changing

Children of every age and background need families.  Some are babies and toddlers and many are of primary school age. Some children have special needs like health problems, physical disabilities or learning difficulties.  There are also brothers and sisters who want to live together and children who are looking for parents to reflect their own cultural background. Some children waiting have problems as a result of their early life experiences.  What they all have in common is the need for that unique family who can give them the love, support and encouragement they need to grow and flourish.

We believe that every child is entitled to a permanent, loving family throughout their childhood. If you are considering adoption, you can be sure that our dedicated team will provide you with all the support you need every step of the way.

We welcome applications from people aged over 21. We consider all enquiries regardless of gender, ethnic origin, class, culture or sexuality. You can be working or not, single, married or in a partnership.

So if you are thinking about adoption, but not sure where to start...start your journey with us.


The four stages of adoption

Stage one

  • Application form and other documents submitted to Adopt North East

  • Statutory checks carried out

  • Stage 1 training delivered

  • Applicants must apply for stage 2 within six months (otherwise stage 1 would need to be completed again).

  • Assessment completed

  • Stage 2 training delivered

  • Quality assurance visit carried out

  • Panel meeting held

Stage two


  • Family finding

  • Support groups

  • Optional training

  • Child identified, matching meetings and Panel meeting held

  • Once child placed ongoing support is provided individually or as a group

  • Optional training

  • Child adopted

  • Ongoing support

  • Optional training

  • Postbox

 Adopt North East is committed to supporting adopted children and their new families.  We provide:

  • Individual support packages for all children placed for adoption

  • Dedicated worker to act as a point of contact for families needing support

  • Help and advice for families needing specialist services

  • Social events for adoptive families

  • Additional training to meet the specific needs of new families

  • Links to independent agencies offering post-adoption support

  • Support to facilitate post adoption contact arrangements for adopters and birth family

  • Adopters support groups

  • Supporting waiting adopters group

  • Access to birth records for adopted adults

The services offered reflect and respond to the wide and changing nature of the children’s and families’ needs – whether practical, emotional, financial or purely advisory.

Post adoption