Adopting in Waltham Forest

Last updated 9 October 2015

Adoption information sessions

Chat to our adoption staff who can answer any questions you may have, and hear experiences from parents who have adopted children.
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Tuesday 17 November 2015
Tuesday 19 January 2015
Tuesday 23 February 2016
Tuesday 15 March 2016

Arrival 6.15pm, presentation commences at 6.30pm
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road
E17 4JF (view map)

Too old at 4?

East London Adoption Information Event:

This National Adoption Week, we are urging families to consider adopting children who often wait the longest to be matched with a permanent family. It is a sad reality that children as young as 4 are not being given the same opportunities as babies and toddlers. These children are also often likely to be in sibling groups, have additional needs or be from a black and minority ethnic background.

If you would like to know more about these children and the adoption process, please come along to our information event. There will be a presentation and an opportunity to have a chat over a cup of tea to one of our friendly staff as well as hear from adopters who can tell you what it is really like to adopt.

Saturday 24 October Registration at 10.15am (presentation starts at 10.30am) Holiday Inn (London Meeting Room) 10a Chestnut Plaza, Westfield, London E20 1GL

To find out more or reserve a space, please call 020 8496 1600. Alternatively, just pop by on the day.

We look forward to meeting you!

East London Adoption Consortium are a group of 6 Local Authorities in east London and a number of voluntary agencies who are working together to provide for children in our areas who need adoptive families and for those who want to adopt.

Enquire about adoption

Complete an adoption enquiry form

Or you can:

Who can adopt?

We have children of different ages and sibling groups from many different backgrounds, culture and religions and we need families to reflect this.

You may be able to adopt if you’re aged 21 or over (there’s no upper age limit). You can be:

  • Single, married or in a civil partnership
  • An unmarried couple (same sex and opposite sex)
  • A homeowner or in rented accommodation (as long as you have a spare bedroom)
  • In or out of work
  • From any cultural or religious background
  • Living in Waltham Forest or outside the borough

What qualities are needed?

The important thing is that you are able to offer a child your love and support and that you can provide a stable and nurturing home while they grow up.

You will also need plenty of:

  • Patience
  • Humour
  • Energy
  • Determination

How we support you

  • We will help you through the entire process, from thinking about adoption to having a child come to live with you
  • We will support all members of the family at any time, both now and in the future, and can assist in making links to other services
  • We offer information, training and support to everyone who chooses to adopt a child through our service
  • Anyone affected by adoption can also talk to our Adoption Support Services:

Overseas Adoption

Please contact us if you would like information about overseas adoption and we can help signpost you to appropriate agencies

More information

You can also read the GOV.UK guidance on child adoption.

For details on the aims, objectives and services provided by the Adoption Team, see our Adoption Service Statement of Purpose (547 KB PDF file)

First4adoption provides information about adoption and resources to help people consider adoption further
Adoption Uk is a forum to support and train adopters by approved adopters
New Family Social is a forum for LGBT adopters and fosters carers that provide information and social events


Further Information

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Contact details

  • Adoption and Adoption Support Services

    London Borough of Waltham Forest Juniper House 221 Hoe Street
    E17 9PH
    Phone: Adoption 020 8496 1588
    Mob: Adoption and special guardianship support services: 020 8496 1594