Adopting in Waltham Forest

Last updated 10 September 2014

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.

There are many children who need adoptive parents. In Waltham Forest we have children of different ages and sibling groups from many different backgrounds, culture and religions and we need families to reflect this.

94% of people who apply to adopt are approved.

To find out more about adopting in Waltham Forest get in touch.

  • You can call the adoption team for an informal chat - 020 8496 1588/020 8496 3000
  • Attend one of our information sessions

We will discuss your circumstances with you and explore if adoption is right for you.

See Adoption Service Statement of Purpose

See How to Adopt in Waltham Forest

Adoption open evenings

Or why not come along to one of our upcoming open evenings? Our Adoption Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. This is also your chance to meet parents who have adopted children and hear about their experiences.

Tuesday 14 October 2014
Arrival 6.15pm, presentation commences at 6.30pm
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF
Map showing Waltham Forest Town Hall

Who can adopt?

All sorts of people can make a success of adoption.

You can be from any background, either single or a couple, married or unmarried, lesbian or gay. You have to be over 21. You may own or rent your home (as long as you have a spare bedroom), be in or out of work and be from any cultural or religious background.

We welcome potential adopters from both within Waltham Forest and from outside the borough.

The child needs your love… and more

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 need plenty of patience, humour and energy. Above all, you need to be determined to give a child the kind of love or support that will really make a difference to their lives.

You won’t be alone

We provide lots of help and support though the whole process from deciding to adopt to having a child come to live with you. We are here to support all members of the family at any time when help is needed, 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:

Want to know more?

Call 020 8496 1588 / 020 8496 3000 and ask to speak to a member of our adoption team. 

Making a complaint

At times, you may disagree with our decisions or think that you should be provided with a particular service. If this happens, you have a right to discuss your views with a manager and to receive a written response.

We want to know what has gone wrong or what we could do better, because we care about the quality of service we provide or is provided on our behalf.
If you are a prospective adopter, a separate appeals procedure applies to some types of complaints, depending on whether the complaint is about services to you or the child you look after.

You should contact the Complaints Team for more details:

Complaints Manager
Social Care Complaints Team
Residents First
Walthamstow Town Hall
Forest Road
E17 4JF
Phone 020 8496 3000 and ask for the Complaints Manager for Children’s Social Services
Minicom 020 8496 3010 (for deaf and hard of hearing users only)

More information about the complaints process

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