Answers to the most popular questions we receive about adoption.
Adopters need to be over 21 but there is no upper age limit, however we would expect you to have the health and vitality to see your child/ren through to an age of independence.
Not necessarily, we welcome applicants who live within the East Riding and those who live close to the county border.
No, we welcome applicants who are single, married, in civil partnerships, or simply living together, but we do ask that if you are in a relationship, the relationship is well established and stable.
No. You don’t need to own your own home, but it is important that you have secure, long-term, accommodation and a spare room.
Maybe. We won’t place children under the age of five or any child with health conditions or disabilities with smokers, however if you do smoke you would be expected to smoke outside and away from children. If you are trying to give up we need you to be able to evidence that you have given up for a year before we can approve you as prospective adopters for under fives. It is best to see your GP and ask for advice and guidance.
Maybe. We do ask that you are generally fit and healthy and you will be asked to have a medical examination with your GP as part of stage one. We do not discriminate against anyone who has general health issues or disabilities but we do need to know how this might impact on your ability to look after a child and any extra support you might need.
Yes. Experienced parents often have a lot to offer, but as part of the assessment we would need to take into account the wishes and feelings of your child and ensure that adoption is right for them too. We also believe that the age gap between your child and an adopted child should be at least two to three years so if your child is currently under the age of two, it is unlikely that we would prioritise your application.
Yes. Spending time with your nieces, nephews or children within your friendship group is invaluable but caring for children in a setting such as Cubs, Rainbows, SureStart, a nursery or pre-school will give you a wider insight into a range of children with different needs.
Yes. We appreciate that many parents have to work, but we do ask that you consider how you are going to care for a child and meet your work commitments. We ask that the main carer is able to give up work for at least six months after a child moves in to help them settle into their new family. Sometimes the child may need you to be home for longer than this.
New adopters are entitled to adoption leave from their place of employment. GOV.uk has further information:
GOV.uk - Adoption pay and leave (external website)
Yes. However, we do ask that you wait at least 12 months after completing a fertility cycle before you contact us. We recognise that the process of infertility treatment can be an emotional roller coaster and it takes time to adjust to the news about your fertility problems.