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Please come along and chat to us about adoption at the following stands:

If you would like to speak to a member of the adoption team please call the duty workers who are available between 9am and 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and between 9am - 7pm on Tuesdays, on 01452 427753.

Adoption is all about making a positive difference to a child's life and providing a stable, loving and permanent home for a child who, for whatever reason, is not able to live with their birth family. Making the decision to adopt is one of the biggest steps anyone can make, but also one of the most rewarding. In order to decide whether adoption is the right thing for you we think it is important that you find out as much as you can.

Gloucestershire's adoption service has had a radical overhaul over the last year with new management, staff and strategies in place to ensure a fast and efficient service. Our emphasis is on placing children without undue delay through speeding up the adoption process and providing adopters with the best services and support on offer.

Adopters are now approved within six months of accepting their application to adopt and we also fast track second time adopters and foster carers within three months wherever possible. We are also working closely with other agencies to ensure preparation programmes are readily available.

We are dedicated to offering adopters post adoption support and advice as well as training packages which meet their individual needs. We are also working in partnership with After Adoption, a Voluntary Adoption Agency, to offer adopters the highly acclaimed SafeBase programme. Our first programme began in November 2012. We have also increased the range of regular support groups we offer adoptive families. This includes an under five's group, a group for adopted children between the ages of five and fifteen and we will be introducing a dad's group in 2013. We will also be offering additional support groups based round the county so that they are accessible to all adopters. All our services are listed on the 'services we provide' insert (PDF download on the right). We are continually committed to improving our services and hope you will be impressed with our team and what we can offer.

Who can adopt?

There is no such thing as a typical adopter - we're are keen to hear from people who have the commitment, energy, patience and understanding to meet a child's needs and help them realise their full potential. In order to meet the diverse needs of the children available for adoption in Gloucestershire we are actively looking for a wide variety of applicants including:

  • Married couples or couples living together in a stable relationship for at last two years
  • Same sex couples living together in a stable relationship for at least two years
  • Single people
  • People from diverse ethnic and religious groups

We do not discriminate on the grounds of class, culture, disability, race or sexual orientation. All that we ask is that you can:

  • Offer commitment to a child
  • Offer a stable, secure, safe and loving home into adulthood
  • Be open to your child about adoption
  • Allow your child to discover their own identity, culture and origins
  • Offer patience, flexibility and a willingness to work with others to identify and meet a child's needs.

Find out more about adoption

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an adoptive parent please complete the on-line enquiry next steps form below. One of our adoption team will then contact you and provide further information about the process. We will also send you an information pack which provides further details about adoption and how people can become adoptive parents. (Please note we may conclude following your online enquiry that we would not be able to proceed further with your interest in adopting with us - if this is the case we will try to contact  you and explain the reasons why  as soon as possible). 

If you wish to discuss adoption further before completing the enquiry form, feel free to give one of our duty workers a call on 01452 427753.