What is adoption

Adoption is a way of providing a new, permanent family for a child or siblings who cannot grow up with their birth parents or family.

It’s a legal procedure where all the parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters and the child becomes a full legal member of their new adoptive family. The child you adopt will take your family’s surname and assumes the same rights as if they had been born to you.

If you'd like to find out more about adoption, we have included information in Can I adopt  and How do I adopt. You can also find out how we can offer support for adoptive families.