Adoption is built around the needs of the child but it's also a legal process giving you the responsibilities and rights of a parent. Between April 2014 and the end of March 2015, 48 Surrey children were adopted from care. Most of our children have had a difficult start in life, but have huge potential to develop with support in the right family.
By adopting a child and providing a loving, secure home you can really make a difference. We are always looking for families with the potential to adopt, could you be one of them?
Currently our priorities are to find families for:
- Children over 5
- Children with health and development issues
- Sibling groups, especially where one or more child is of school age
- Children from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds
We have a limited need for families for children aged 3-5, and are not currently recruiting adopters for children under 3, unless they are part of one of the above groups.
We review our recruitment needs every three months, to ensure that we recruit the right adopters for our children.
For further advice on adoption agencies please visit the First4Adoption website.
We follow customer care standards (PDF) developed by the professional bodies representing adoption agencies.
- Types of adoption
- Who can adopt?
- How do I adopt?
- Meet recent adopters and children who are waiting for a new family
What adopted children say are the best things about getting adopted
- 'Joining a new or real family'.
- 'Being able to stay with brothers or sisters'.
- 'Knowing that people care about you'.
- 'Realising you are going to live somewhere forever'.
(The Office of the Children's Rights Director)
Files available to download
- 10 things about adoption (157.8 KB)
10 things about adoption
- Adoption statement of purpose 2014 - 2015 (230.6 KB)
- Adoption Recruitment Strategy 2015-16 (173.4 KB)
- Adoption and fostering in Surrey leaflet (335.0 KB)
- Thinking about adopting (Adoption South Central Consortium) (462.4 KB)