The Adoptive Process

If you think that you could offer a child or young person a safe and secure home through the adoption process or would simply like to find out more about what is involved, please get in touch. We have an experienced and dedicated team who are ready to answer any of your questions and help you through the process.

Reach out by connecting HSC Northern Ireland Adoption and Foster Care on 0800 0720 137 or make an enquiry online.

The Adoptive Process

Personal preparation

Do a little of your own adoption exploration by reading some books on the subject, refer to the profiles of our adoptive community and chat to us to answer any initial questions you might have.

Adoption Process Infographic

Contact us

We are here to help you, by email, over the phone, in person. Just get in touch and we can help you to get started.

Meet with your local adoption social worker

Consider this your opportunity to answer all of your questions and to get to know the adoption process better.

Initial checks

Once you’ve made the decision to proceed, we will start the initial evaluation process which includes things like references and background checks.

Preparation course

All applicants will attend a preparation course to educate on all aspects of adoption and to give you the opportunity to feel confident in your decision.

Social Work Interviews

Next you will meet with your allocated social worker to assess your background, your support network, your lifestyle, your skills and experience, your relationship and your family set up.

Adoption Panel

An assessment of your application will be presented by your social worker to the Adoption Panel for review. The Adoption Panel will make a recommendation to the Trust Agency Decision Maker and you will receive a final decision on your adoptive parent application.