I’m considering adoption for my child

If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby you may be thinking about adoption. There are a number of things you need to know to help you make the right decision and how to get advice and support.

What is adoption?

Adoption is a way of legally providing a child with new parents. Adoption ends the legal relationship between a child and their birth parents.

Adoptions are arranged by adoption agencies. They are made legal by the court, once it has been agreed that adoption is in the best interests of the child.

Our main priority is the child, but we also aim to offer support and guidance to birth parents and adoptive parents.

All enquiries made to us are treated confidentially, unless there are concerns about a child or adult's immediate safety.

How do I start the adoption process?

If you are considering adoption for your child, it is important to meet with an adoption social worker as soon as possible. You can then discuss all the options open to you and the baby.

We will need to write reports about your child as it is important we understand your background, your experiences and your views about adoption.

We will also ask you what type of adoptive parents you would like for your child and if you have any preferences about culture or faith. The reports will be shared with you, and you are able to make comments.

For more information, please contact us:

Email: adoption.support@southampton.gov.uk

Tel: 023 8083 3000