The Adoption Process

There are many stages to the adoption process, but we are on hand to guide you through each step with ease. The stages of the adoption process are:

Enquiry Stage

  • Research
  • Attending a PACT Adoption Information Event
  • Gaining voluntary experience with children, particularly children with needs similar to those in care
  • Considering your home situation - no plans to move or have renovations
  • Choosing an adoption agency
  • Awareness of need for references and overseas checks if you have lived abroad
  • Information sharing meeting with a PACT adoption social worker
  • Advised on next steps and option to complete an registration of interest form

Stage One

  • Completing a registration of interest form
  • Statutory checks made (including DBS (Police Check), Local Authority Check and Health Assessment)
  • References obtained
  • Attend initial adoption preparation training course
  • Undertake some reading/additional learning activity
  • Continue voluntary work experience

Stage Two

  • Assessment with your allocated social worker
  • Assessment Report (PAR) presented to PACT adoption panel
  • Further training for you and your family
  • Register with The Adopter Hub for online support

Finding your forever family

  • Linking you with a child or children
  • Local authority matching adoption panel approval
  • Introductions - visits (around 10 to 14 days) to enable you to get to know your child(ren)
  • Placement of child(ren) in your home

Establish your forever family

  • Becoming parents
  • Adoption support and reviews of the placement
  • Legal adoption order and celebration hearing (4 - 12 months after placement)

Ongoing adoption placement support

  • Continuing adoption training
  • Support groups and family fun days
  • Access to FACTS therapeutic services
  • Continued access to The Adopter Hub


This video talks through the adoption process step-by-step.


For further information about our adoption process download a guide to adoption.

More details about the adoption process can be found on the First4Adoption’s website and e-learning modules to help prepare you can found here.