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“Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about”

If creating a family through adoption is all you can think about, we’d love to hear from you. Family Adoption Links is a warm and friendly agency that welcomes applications from people from all walks of life including single, LGBTQ+ and BAME adopters.

We hope that our website gives you as much information as you need to decide whether adoption is for you. If you have any queries, please get in touch.

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What is adoption?

So let’s be straight, adoption is a serious business. It’s the legal process by which children, who can’t be brought up by their birth parents or other connected people, become a full and permanent member of a new family. When you adopt a child you become their legal parent(s) with the same rights and responsibilities as if they were born to you.

Being an adoptive parent is rewarding, life-changing and wonderful (these are the words of our adopters!) and a journey in which Family Adoption Links can help every step of the way.

Types of adoption

Discover the 4 different types of adoption in the UK

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The adoption process

More information on the steps and timescales

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Early Permanence

Find out about placing babies with families as soon as possible

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Helen’s story

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I have always wanted children, and when I hit 40 I decided that I wasn't going to wait any longer for the right partner and I would do it on my own.

After promising herself she would be a mother even if she had to go it alone, hear how Helen turned to adoption to realise her dreams of a family.

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Anton and Tony’s story

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Adopting William and Fredie is the best thing we have ever done. They are our children and we would not change a thing.

These powerful words come from Anton and Tony, a couple who recently adopted brothers William and Fredie with help from Family Adoption Links.

Lockdown was life-changing for all of us but especially for Anton and Tony as they brought their new sons William and Fredie home just before the first lockdown last year.

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Are you ready for adoption?

Find out more about how to prepare yourself for adoption and take this useful Adoption Readiness Quiz from First4Adoption and see whether you meet the required criteria.

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There's so much to think about and learn when you are considering adoption, why not download this comprehensive guide for more details.

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The children

we are currently family finding for

Harry

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Elsie

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Artie and Harry

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Samuel

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Ethan and Evie

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Ava and Ethan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to live in one of Family Adoption Link’s local authorities?Whilst we normally deal with applications from those living within the region, we may consider...

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How do I start the adoption process?This website is a great way to start the process, you can watch our You Can Adopt Information video, download our You Can Adopt...

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Will I get maternity/paternity pay?If you're working when your adopted child joins your family, you'll usually be entitled to paid time off work (Adoption Leave). This is similar...

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FAQs

Ask the Adopter

What top tips you would offer to potential adopters?Speak to people who have already adopted. If you don’t know anyone who has adopted, ask your social worker if...

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What is the best thing about adoption?Knowing that you have given your child a stable loving home and to know you are going to give them all that you can to have the...

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Why did you decide to adopt?I have always wanted children, and when I hit 40 I decided if the right partner hadn’t come along I was going to go ahead with fertility treatment...

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Being an adoptive parent

Discover the essential qualities you need

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LGBTQ+ adoption

As LGBTQ+ adoption specialists, we're the ones to speak to

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