Who can apply to adopt?

People from a variety of backgrounds can apply to adopt. You might be single, divorced, unemployed, disabled or gay for example. You may not have children of your own but experience of children would be an advantage. South Ayrshire Council would welcome enquiries from people of all races, religious beliefs and cultures.

Assessment and preparation

When you express an interest in adoption and have had an initial visit from the social worker, you will be invited to attend preparation groups and provided there are no issues, you would progress to a full adoption assessment which should be completed within 6 months from your application. A social worker will visit you at home to carry out the assessment. Confidential enquiries will be made of your local social work department and you will be asked to provide three referees. All applicants need to have a medical examination and any health issues will need to be explored. Smoking and obesity are areas that also need to be explored.

Anyone interested in applying to adopt will be subject to a Disclosure (Scotland) check to find out if they have a criminal record and to check if they are on the list of people disqualified from working with children. A record of offences will need to be carefully looked into but, apart from some offences against children, will not necessarily rule you out from adopting.

At the end of your assessment, the social worker will present a full report to the agency's Adoption Panel who will consider your application and make a recommendation of your suitability to the agency decision maker. It is the role of the agency decision maker to consider whether or not to approve prospective adopters and you would be notified in writing of his decision.

Once you are approved, you will be matched with a child or a sibling group whose plan is for permanency.

Inter-country adoption

If you are resident in South Ayrshire Council and would like to adopt from abroad, the adoption process is the same as domestic adoption. However you would be expected to pay for your assessment to be done.

Family Placement and Adoption Team

Whitletts Area Centre
181 Whitletts Road

Tel: 01292 267675