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Digital guide launched to support prospective adopters

Published: 08.08.13

A new guide on who can apply to adopt in England has been launched by adoption information service First4Adoption.
Digital guide launched to support prospective adopters

The online digital guide takes would-be adopters through questions to consider if they're interested in adopting. The interactive question and answer format provides helpful information on areas such as age, ethnicity and health.

The guide is one of a series being developed byFirst4Adoption, which will be published on its website over the coming months to support prospective adopters through stage one of the new two-stage adoption process.

It covers:

  • marital status;
  • ethnicity;
  • home ownership;
  • UK residency;
  • criminal convictions;
  • disabilities;
  • health and wellbeing;
  • fertility treatment;
  • existing children in the family;
  • smoking;
  • mental health issues;
  • income; and
  • pets.

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service at First4Adoption,said:

“We are delighted to be launching our new digital guide tohelp would-be adopters on their journey to discovering if adoption is right forthem. We hope that this encourages more people to come forward to offer aloving home to one of the 4,600 children currently waiting to be adopted inEngland.”

The guide also offers advice on some of the potential issuesthat adoption agencies may want to discuss later in the process. 

Further interactive guides are expected to cover: 

  • understanding the joys and challenges of adoption; and
  • more about the kinds of children who are awaiting adoption.

Adoption UK’s view on the new two-stage adoption process