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Adopting in Waltham Forest

Last updated 21 October 2014

Nationally 94% of people who apply to adopt are approved

A little support may be all you need to create your own close knit family. We have many years of experience and we’ll be there for you every step of the way.

Enquire about adoption

Get in touch to enquire about adopting in Waltham Forest.

What is adoption

Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents or extended family members.

It is a legal procedure in which all the parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. It ends the legal relationship between a child and their birth parents.

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

Adoption open evenings

Chat to our adoption staff who can answer any questions you may have, and hear experiences from parents who have adopted children.

Wednesday 19th November 2014
Arrival 6.15pm, presentation commences at 6.30pm
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF (view map)

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: adoptionsupport@walthamforest.gov.uk.

More information

Please get in touch if you want to know more.

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)

Making a complaint

If you are not happy with the service you have received, you can contact the Complaints Manager for Children’s Social Services.

Phone: 020 8496 3000
Minicom: 020 8496 3010 (for deaf and hard of hearing users only)
Email: complaints@walthamforest.gov.uk
Post: Waltham Forest Town Hall

More information about the complaints process

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  • Adoption and Adoption Support Services

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