Adoption

Can you offer a child a permanent and loving home?

Adopting a child gives them long term security, a brighter future and the family life they crave.

Children in our care can't, for whatever reason, live with their birth parents. They rely on people like you to become their new family, to give them lots of love, understanding and support as they grow up. 

If you live in, or within 30 miles of Barnsley and could give a child a nurturing, stable and safe environment, we'd love to hear from you.

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield adoption teams are forming a regional adoption service for South Yorkshire. This joined-up approach will improve the adoption experience for everyone. Visit One Adoption to find out more.

Thinking about adoption?

It can be hard work, and it's a big responsibility, but adopting a child is really rewarding. The best thing of all is seeing the difference you make to a child's life.

If you're thinking about adoption, come along to one of our information evenings. You'll learn everything you need to know before you make any decisions. Our adoption team will be on hand to tell you more about the process and answer your questions.

What is adoption?

Adoption gives a child the chance to become part of a new family when they can't live with their birth parents. It's a permanent legal arrangement that transfers all rights and responsibilities for the adopted child to you.  

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Could you adopt?

All kinds of people adopt - you could be one of them. If you're over 21, we'll consider you as an adopter. it doesn't matter if you're male or female, homeowner or renting, single, married or in a same-sex relationship.  

More on who can adopt

Ready to adopt?

If you've decided to adopt, we'd advise you to go to one of our information evenings. You'll be able to meet and chat with our social workers and ask them questions.  Once you're ready to apply, just let us know using our online form.  

Find out what to do next

Steps to adoption

Our step-by-step guide takes you through the adoption process. It takes you from your initial enquiry through to adopting a child into your family.

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Training/preparation

Right from your first contact with us, we'll be preparing you to adopt. We'll take you through each stage of the adoption process to identify any training needs you may have.  

More on preparing to adopt

Adoption support

When you adopt a child we'll give you lots of support. We'll also tell you about the national organisations and charities that offer support to adoptive parents. 

More on help and support

Adopted children and birth families

If you're being adopted, or have already been adopted, you can find out more about the process here. You can talk to our adoption team too; they'll always listen and try to help.

You may be able to keep in touch with your birth family by letter.  Your social worker will talk to you about this, and about tracing your family when you're 18.

 

More information for those who are adopted

What our adopters say

  • The information evening was great, it helped us to understand the process and make things a lot clearer. It's a perfect starting point if you're thinking about adoption.
    Amelia, adoptive parent
  • The best thing of all about adopting is seeing the difference you make to a child's life.
    Adoptive parent
  • Once we'd made the decision to adopt, we went along to the information evening, it really helped us. The team were really friendly and we felt we could ask questions without feeling silly.
    Sarah, adoptive parent