About Adoption

Despite a large increase in the number of adopters available, there are still a significant number of children waiting for loving families to call their own.  These children are aged between 4-8 years old and are often part of a sibling group of two, three or four.  There are also a large number of younger children (aged 6 months-3 years) who have disabilities, health or learning difficulties.  Many of the children waiting are from BME backgrounds, particularly Black African and Caribbean.

Blackburn with Darwen is therefore still looking for parents who can meet the needs of these children who need a permanent family outside of their birth family network.  If you are able to consider this you will be supported throughout the adoption process and beyond to help your family make the transition and to enable you to meet the needs of your child/children.  It can feel like a bit of a rollercoaster ride but adoption can bring joy, laughter and make your house a home.

Adoption is demanding, rewarding and offers many of the same challenges all parents face.  But there are some important differences.  Children who are adopted may have had some difficult experiences and will usually have lived with foster carers before being placed.  As an adoptive parent you’ll help your child to understand their origins and identity and we’ll help you to do this.

View FAQs
Adopting a child can feel like the most rewarding thing of all. Our twin boys bring joy, laughter and have made our life 'complete'.
James & Suzzane, Stockport

The adoption process

Every year there are around 50 young children in Blackburn with Darwen who need adoptive parents. However, we need to make sure that the process is thorough and we match children to the right family. We also need to make sure that adopting is the right decision for you. So, we've developed a flexible and supportive six-month approval process.

Stage one lasts for about two months and will help you to learn more about adoption. While stage two lasts for around four months and will quickly move you through the approval process. We also offer a 'fast-track' route for approved foster carers and people who have previously adopted.

Support information