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Types of Adoption

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Domestic Adoption

Families for Children offers adoption services to people living across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and the Isles of Scilly. We recruit, assess and prepare prospective adopters and following approval, work with Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities from across the UK to place children with them. We also offer support services to all our families and children when they need it. Adoption is all we do – we are a specialised adoption agency and our work has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for our last 3 inspections.

Step Parent Adoption

When stepparents are taking day-to-day responsibility for stepchildren they may want to make their relationship with these children more formal. One way to do this is through adoption. Step parent adoption (SPA), also known as Non-Agency Adoptions (NAA), is a way that a child can be adopted by a family member including step parents.  It transfers full parental responsibility for a child to that person, alongside the resident birth parent and offers the child/young person a legal, permanent relationship with the adoptive parent

There is no automatic right to adoption and it is not appropriate for every child in a step family.

*Please contact your local Regionl Adoption Agency or Local Authority for Step Parent Adoption services.

Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry adoption is the process by which you adopt a child from a country other than your own through permanent legal means and then bring that child to your country of residence to live with you permanently.

We do not provide a service for adopting children from overseas please contact your Local Authority for more details.

More information about intercountry adoption can be found on the Intercountry Adoption Centre (IAC) website.

Fostering  for Adoption

Fostering for Adoption was a Government plan to prevent delay for babies being placed with adoptive families. These babies are usually still in Care Proceedings, and so there is a possibility that the court may conclude that they need to return to birth family. However Fostering for Adoption prevents unnecessary moves in and out of foster care for the child as they are placed with new permanent families sooner in the process. Additionally having consistent care for the child reduces possible future harm and it supports the child in developing healthy attachments.

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