The decision that you want to adopt a child is only the first step in what can be a long, drawn-out process.

Negotiating the requirements of the application and vetting process can be complicated and stressful, whether or not you are approved for adoption.

If you are considering adopting a child from abroad, there are also specific legal requirements to meet both immigration and criminal law.

As specialist adoption solicitors, we can advise you on all aspects of adoption. We will make sure that you are fully prepared at each stage of the process – whether you are adopting a child in the UK or overseas – and will make the process run as smoothly as possible.

We can assist in discussions with the social services department, which will be responsible for assessing your suitability as adoptive parent(s). And, should your initial assessment not go well, we will advise you on the best means to challenge the decision.

There may be other options available to you that you may not have considered, depending on your specific circumstances. We will be happy to discuss all potential routes with you.

Please get in touch with us to discuss your situation.