Adopting a child

Adoption is often the best outcome for children who cannot live with their birth family and will not be able to return to their care in the future.

Buckinghamshire County Council's Adoption Team holds regular information sessions where you can come along, without commitment, to find out what's involved in becoming an adopter.

You will learn how the right match is made between parents and children, and how as an adoption family you'll then receive ongoing support which was considered by Ofsted to be a 'considerable strength' of the service in Buckinghamshire.

Book on an adoption information event Try our 'getting ready for adoption' tool

If you would like to speak to someone before coming, please call 01494 586 349 or email us at
If you are unable to reach us on our landline number, please call 07540 310 281.

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"Bucks Adoption team and specifically our social worker were professional, efficient and really encouraging through our approval process and also when we were matched with our little boy."
- Buckinghamshire adopter

Who can adopt?

To adopt a child you need to:

  • be over 21
  • be able to provide space and time to meet the child's needs
  • have lived in the UK for at least one year, or one member of the couple must be a resident of the UK

We’ve created a helpful online tool to answer common questions about who can adopt and the adoption process.

Find out more

Our children

We need adopters who can parent;

  • sibling groups (2 children or more)
  • children with medical needs, enduring conditions and disabilities
  • children aged 3 to 7 years
  • children who have diverse cultural and ethnic heritage
  • sometimes we need adopters who can also act as foster carers for very young children - this is called Early Permanence (Fostering for Adoption)
  • children aged 0-2 years but maybe not sure about Early Permanence just yet. We still need adopters for this age group

For more information, please visit our 'The children who need adopting' webpage.

Support for adoptive parents

We know that adoption is a lifelong commitment.

The Post Order Support Team provide post order services for all those involved in the 'adoption triangle', including:

  • children
  • adopted adults
  • adopters
  • birth relatives

We recognise that adoptive parents and their children may require ongoing support or assistance at specific times.

Visit our 'Adoption support' webpage to find out more about some of the services we offer.

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