About Adoption

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We are looking for adopters with childcare experience and from all walks of life to offer permanence to a child or sibling group who is in need of a supportive and caring family.

Our children are all individuals who have come from a range of birth family backgrounds and will have different needs, some of which may be complex. In view of this, we identify and place children with families that have the necessary strengths and support mechanisms to help the child/children to develop and be nurtured in a safe and warm home environment.

Adoptions are arranged by an Adoption Agency that is legally permitted to undertake this work and The Isle of Wight Council's Adoption Service is just such an agency. When a child is adopted they become legally and permanently part of the adopter's family. Once the court has made an Adoption Order it means that parental responsibility immediately transfers from the child's birth parents to the adopter(s) and it is at this point that the Adoption is made legal.

It is fair to say that many people adopt as a positive choice to start or extend their family.

Adoptive parents selection criteria

  • We would like to talk to anyone who feels they could meet the needs of the Islands children in care and who can offer a warm and secure lifelong home for a child.
  • Do you have a spare room?
  • Are you aged 21 or over? There is no upper age limit however, you should have the potential to care for a child throughout their childhood and offer ongoing support into adulthood.
  • Do you have childcare experience? This may have been gained professionally, personally or through voluntary work.
  • You can be either a single or joint applicant or in a same-sex relationships.
  • You may already have a family but have capacity and want to adopt.


Further information

To view our frequently asked questions view our FAQ tab .

To download a copy of our 'What is Adoption' booklet please click here (PDF,1.6MB, 5 pages).

Next Steps

Contact the Adoption Team If you would like to discuss your particular circumstances, do not hesitate to contact us by using the details found in our contact tab.

If you are interested in adopting or wish to find out more please complete our online initial enquiry form now by clicking here.