What is adoption?

Adoption is about making a real difference to a child’s life. It is the way in which children who cannot be brought up by their own parents become a permanent member of a new family. Adoption transfers all legal rights and responsibilities for the child from the birth parents to the adoptive parents who then have all the rights and responsibility that go along with being a parent. Adoption is a rewarding and lifelong commitment to provide a child with a new family and a safe, secure future.

Adoption North London recently produced a video about the adoption process. This video shows the full process of becoming an adoptive parent in North London, from registering your interest to introductions.

The film was produced by Flint Digital and directed by Super Tuesday. For more information about their work, visit their website.

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Who can adopt?

Did you know there are only three key criteria to adopt.  

  1. You must be over 21
  2. You must be domiciled in the UK and living here for at least a year
  3. Neither you nor an adult member of your household has been convicted or cautioned in respect of serious offences against children.

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

We welcome enquiries from people of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.


We help you every step of the way.

  • You will have an adoption social worker to guide you through your journey
  • We will give you advice, information and training
  • We have support groups where you can meet other adopters.
  • Sometimes you may need extra support and we have experts who you can talk to. 


For intercountry adoption, the Intercountry Adoption Centre provides a range of services on behalf of the Consortium including a Help Line, training, support groups and a full range of assessment services.

They can be contacted as follows:

22 Union Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4HZ

Advice Line: 0208 447 4753

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.icacentre.org.uk