The Adoption Process

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
  • Initial interview with a PACT adoption Social Worker

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


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.