Are you thinking of creating or growing your family through adoption?
Family Adoption Links North Lincolnshire is searching for loving families for children of all ages and would particularly like to hear from those interested in early permanence, older children and siblings.
Across North Lincolnshire our priority is to help children stay safe and well and access the best opportunities – that’s why we need to hear from adopters from all walks of life who have the love, energy and compassion to make a difference.
The answers below may help people considering adoption whether it’s for them:
Do I have to own my own home?
If like many people, you’re in rented accommodation, that’s fine. We’ll check to ensure your accommodation is appropriate for the age and number of children you’d like to adopt.
Do I have to be married?
No, but you must have lived together in a secure relationship for over two years, so we know the child/children will be cared for in a stable environment.
I’m already a parent, can I adopt?
Sibling relationships are some of the most valuable connections in a person’s life; being a parent is not a barrier to adoption. We’ll consider the impact of adoption on the child and others in the family.
Can single people adopt?
Absolutely! We’ve just placed two brothers with a single adopter and they are thriving. Our friendly social workers say ‘all sorts of children need all sorts of families’.
Do I have to be employed?
All applicants are assessed on their own circumstances, so it’s not essential! What’s important is that you are financially stable and can provide love and support to children.
Will my health condition or disability prevent me from adopting?
Not necessarily, we look at everyone individually and work with you to identify how you can meet a child’s needs.
I’m gay, can I adopt?
We’ve helped many gay people become parents and we encourage applications regardless of sexuality or gender identity. People from the LGBTQ+ community often bring relevant skills and experience to children.
What support is available?
Family Adoption Links offers a range of free advice. This includes help with Adoption Support Fund applications, access to a social worker and regular communications.
The next free online Adoption Information Event takes place on Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm. Find out more on the Family Adoption Links website.