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Who can adopt?

Adoption is a fulfilling and rewarding experience.  St. Francis' Children's Society operates an ‘open door’ policy: we welcome and encourage individuals from all walks of life to consider adoption.

You may be:

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

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, just get in touch with us - no pressure, no obligation.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions and talk things through with you.