Who can adopt?

Adoption is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Adoption Connections at SFCS operates an ‘open door’ policy: we welcome and encourage individuals from all walks of life to consider adoption.

Who can adopt - gay couple with son

You may be:

  • childless or already have children
  • married or in an enduring heterosexual or same sex relationship
  • single
  • under or over 40
  • of any or no religious faith
  • of any race or cultural background
  • employed or not

Our Adoption Myth Buster explodes some of the myths surrounding adoption. Think you can’t adopt? You may be pleasantly surprised!


It is not necessary for an adopter to be in employment, or to be a home owner. We will, however, need to make sure that you are financially secure and able to provide stability for a child, so these things will be discussed with you. But please remember, you don’t have to be ‘rich’ to adopt.

Another useful source of information is the interactive quiz from First4Adoption. It answers those ‘Can I adopt if…?’ questions and can help you ascertain if you would be eligible to adopt a child.

If you think you could become a parent to a child who needs a family, please visit our Adoption Connections page to find out more about what we can offer you.

Alternatively, contact us or complete our Adoption Enquiry Form – no pressure, no obligation.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions and talk things through with you.

Adopting with SFCS

SFCS prides itself on its low disruption rates.  We work hard to find the right child for the right family, working closely with local authorities across the UK to ensure a perfect match.

Through our Diversity Project, we are particularly committed to finding families for the children who wait longest in the care system.

This includes sibling groups, children over four years of age, children with disabilities or additional needs, and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Find out more about adopting through SFCS.