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How can I adopt? The first step is talking to us. We are one of the best performing adoption services in the East Midlands. Each year we help dozens of people become new families for children. We welcome applications from single applicants as well as couples. Could you change a child's life?

Further information

We try to find the right family for each child in our care who needs to be placed for adoption. Most of our adopters are matched to local children but we search the National Adoption Register as well.

Adoption is a commitment for life. You will become the permanent family for a child who cannot, for whatever reason, return home. You will take on all the rights and responsibilities of birth parent. You will give the child stability, love and security throughout their childhood and beyond.

We greatly value our adopters and do our best to make the adopting experience as clear and straightforward as possible. We know that taking the first steps to becoming an adopter can be very emotional. Our staff will put you at ease and explain how to move forward from here. So, whatever you do next, don't talk yourself out of becoming a new family for a child without talking to us first.

There are no short-cuts but we have streamlined the way we work to make sure you do not have to wait any longer than necessary at any stage. In fact we do far better than the government thresholds for finding families for our children.

The first step to becoming an adopter is to contact us and discuss what options are open to you now or in the future. Our team has years of experience helping people through preparation and assessment. 

Thinking about adoption?

Please book a place at one of our information evenings below by calling 0116 454 4540 during office hours.

Venue: City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ
Time: Presentation will start at 6pm, please arrive at 5.45pm

Information evening dates 2017
Monday 17 July
Tuesday 15 August
Tuesday 19 September
Monday 16 October
Tuesday 14 November
Thursday 14 December

Parking is available at the NCP car park, near CURVE or at the Haymarket shopping centre pay and display car park.

The presentation will last around 40 minutes, after which there will be time for you to speak to a member of the adoption team and get advice from people who have already adopted. 

We are currently recruiting adopters who live outside the city of Leicester. We would like to hear from you, whether you are able to provide a home for a single child or a sibling group of two or more children. 

We are always pleased to hear from mixed race and black adopters as there is a national shortage of adopters for children from these backgrounds.

We are also keen to hear from people who would consider fostering for adoption, where you are approved for both fostering and adoption to enable you to have a child placed with you at the earliest point.

Contact us

Send us a message

Ring us: 0116 454 4540 - Social worker available 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday

Write to us: Fostering and Adoption Centre, 11 Friar Lane, Leicester, LE1 5RB