My social worker was brilliant and took me through the assessment process at my own pace. Since adopting my child, the support I have had from Cornwall Council is second to none.
Siobhan, adoptive single parent
How to Adopt
The adoption process:
- Contact us via the online form or phone us. We’ll then send you an Adoption in Cornwall booklet along with detail about how to attend an information meeting or have an information call.
- After gaining more information, if you are still interested, simply complete the Registration of Interest form.
- Once we receive the form from you, a dedicated Adoption Recruitment Officer will come and do an initial visit with you in your home. This is to find out a bit more about you, your background, lifestyle and motivation to adopt.
- If both you and the Agency are happy to proceed, you’ll start Stage One. This is where we do statutory checks and references. There is training and learning for you to undertake. Your Adoption Recruitment Officer to guide you through Stage One.
- At the end of stage One, if both you and the Agency are happy to proceed, you enter Stage Two.
- Stage Two involves a social worker spending some time with you to get to know you and what you can offer a child. Children in care are vulnerable and as many have had unstable homes in the past so we need really get to know you well. There will be about 10-12 weekly home visits.
- At the end of Stage Two, a report will be taken to the adoption panel for approval. Once approved, the adoption team will start working to match you with a child or children.
How long does it take?
Stage One takes about 2 months and Stage Two takes about 4 months – a total of 6 months from the point at which you enter Stage 1.