Who can adopt through St Andrew's Children's Society?

St Andrew’s Children’s Society make miracles happen every day, for the kids that need families, and the grown ups that want to become parents.

Who can adopt through St Andrew’s Children’s Society? We welcome adoption enquiries from all members of the community, all faiths and none.

You won’t be treated any differently if you are a member of the LGBT+ community or single.

Age

We recruit:

  • Couples and single people aged 21 and over.
  • Applicants who are under 25 will need to show that they have the necessary life experience and skills to parent children from neglectful and abusive backgrounds.
  • We do not have an upper age limit but it must be clearly demonstrated that the applicant has the space, energy and good health to meet the needs of children.
  • It is likely that older applicants will be considered primarily for older children.

Racial Origin

We are looking for:

  • Adopters from all racial and cultural backgrounds.

Religion

We recruit:

  • Adopters from all religions.
  • Those who have no religious affiliation.

Family Composition

We recruit:

  • Couples and single people who are childless.
  • Couples and single people who have birth children.

Gender

We recruit:

  • Males and females who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship.
  • Same sex couples who are married or living together in a committed and enduring relationship.
  • Single males and single females.

We expect couples to have been in a relationship for a minimum of 3 years.

Smoking Policy

  • Children under 5 years of age will only be placed in non-smoking households.
  • Some Local Authorities do not place children of any age in smoking households.
  • To be considered as non-smoker an applicant has to not have smoked for at least 12 months.

Thomas explains who can adopt through St Andrew’s Children’s Society

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One of our social workers will then contact you.

Alternatively, please call us on 0131 454 3370 (if you live within 60 miles of Edinburgh) or 01224 878 158 (if you live within 60 miles of Aberdeen or Elgin) or email info@standrews-children.org.uk and we’ll send you an enquiry form to complete and return.

If you have any questions or are unsure if you can adopt or foster through us, please contact us anyway using the details above to speak with one of our social workers.

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