Who needs adoption?

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In Derbyshire there are a number of children waiting for adoptive families and these children are from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.


Many other children in care could be adopted if families were available for them. These children have needs above the average, due to their background and circumstances.

They include children of all ages, sibling groups, children with physical or learning disabilities and children with developmental delay.

We're currently particularly looking for homes for children with additional needs and disabilities, older children and sibling groups.

There are no specific criteria laid down for those wishing to adopt children. Applicants must show a high degree of sensitivity and patience.

Re-parenting a hurt child requires a special type of understanding and we are committed to preparing and supporting your family for as long as it takes to settle the child or children with you.

We recognise adoption is a lifelong process and adoptive parents can ask for support at any time.

We are keen to place more children from care for adoption as we know that children who cannot live with their birth families develop best in adoptive families. In some cases Adoption Allowance is payable.

Adoption profiles

Attached is a selection of example profiles. These profiles are based on the real needs of children but do not directly represent actual children.

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent, please Call Derbyshire tel: 0800 083 7744 or email adoption@derbyshire.gov.uk

Related documents

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