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Adoption Questions

St. David’s provides adoption services across all of Wales.

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal procedure in which the court transfers all parental rights and duties from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. This gives the adoptive parents the same rights as if the child was born to them.

Why is adoption needed?

Many children are unable to live with their birth family. These children will have come to the attention of the Local Authority because their families struggled to care for them.

Can I adopt my step-child or a child in my family?

At St David's, we match adopters with children who are in the foster care system. We do not deal with private adoption, adopting a step-child, or with extended family who are trying to adopt personally. If you want help with this, you should contact your local authority or a private solicitor.

Are there many children available for adoption?

The Department of Health estimate that there are currently 4,000 children in the care of local authorities in England and Wales waiting for adoptive families. Research by BAAF evidences that nearly 33% (1,500) of these children will not be placed for adoption primarily due to the shortage of families for older children, children of different ethnicities and children who are part of a larger brother / sister group. Could you adopt one of these children?

Am I too old to adopt?

Anyone over 21 years of age has the right to make an adoption application. While there is no upper age limit on who may adopt, there is an expectation that a prospective adopter will be able to parent a child to the age of majority.

Who can adopt?

St David's positively welcomes applications from:
• Married couples or couples in a civil partnership
• Single people • Unmarried couples
• Individuals and families with or without children
• Families whose children are grown up
• Disabled people
• People of all racial backgrounds
• People of all or no religious faith
• Employed or unemployed
• Homeowners or tenants with an assured tenancy
• Adopters must be 21 years of age or over. Although there’s no upper age limit, there is an expectation that an adoptive family will be able to parent a child at least until the child is 18 years of age.

Can I afford to adopt?

St David's welcomes applications from both those in employment and those who are unemployed. Financial help in the form of adoption allowances or other forms of support are increasingly available depending on the adopted child’s needs and your financial circumstances.

Who are St. David's Children Society?

We are a highly experienced, specialist adoption agency with 70 years experience in all aspects of adoption. We provide high quality preparation for adoption and comprehensive after adoption support services. We have long standing and positive contact with many of those who have become adoptive parents through the Society. We provide services across all of Wales. Our head office is based in Cardiff. Our staff travel widely to provide excellent cover to those families living in other parts of our area.

How many people have their application for adoption declined by an adoption agency?

Research by BAAF (2003) revealed that 96% of adoption applications presented to voluntary adoption agency panels were approved for adoption. St David’s Children Society is the only voluntary adoption agency working exclusively in Wales.

What if I have any criminal convictions?

Any record of offences will need to be explored. We ask you to tell us about these at the start of our contact with you. Many offences will not necessarily prevent someone adopting, but any offences against children would rule out an application. Our aim is to ensure that children are placed in safe and secure homes and for this reason we must take up DBS checks and a range of other references. You should always tell us about any allegations made against you or enquiries pending. It is much better to be open with us from the beginning.

What about our health?

Everyone who wants to adopt has to have a medical report completed by their family doctor. Any health issues will be discussed with you. Again there are few conditions which would immediately rule someone out, but adopters are expected to be in good general health and to have a reasonable life expectancy. We will consider various lifestyle issues with you such as smoking and weight, because we want to ensure as far as is possible that children are placed with families who can meet their needs for a long time to come.

What will it cost me to adopt?

We charge you nothing to adopt through St David's. However, you would need to pay for your Adoption Medical which will be completed by your own GP. The costs of this differs between GPs so if you are unsure, contact your GP and ask for their costs. You may also need to meet the costs for any additional police checks that may be required if you have lived abroad at any point. Once you have child/ren placed with you, you will have to pay for the court costs whilst the Adoption Order is being granted.

Interested in adoption?

We would be delighted to hear from you: contact us

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