Nugent Adoption welcomes enquiries from individuals and couples from all walks of life regardless of marital or employment status, religion or ethnic background, whether you have a disability, are a homeowner or living in rented accommodation, have no children or are proven parents. Most importantly you must be able to offer a secure, loving and nurturing home environment to a child or children who have had a difficult start in life. You will need to be in good health, have commitment, patience and lots of energy and you will definitely need a good sense of humour. Having a good support network of friends and family is also a huge bonus.
There is no upper age limit if you wish to adopt, but you must be over 21 years of age, a UK resident and hold no criminal convictions against children. We also ask that if you are a couple, you have been in a stable and committed relationship for a minimum of 2 years.
- You contact us to discuss your enquiry. We will send you an information pack and enquiry paperwork.
- You return the General Enquiry form.
- We visit you at your home to discuss your plan to adopt. Following this visit a ‘Registration of Interest’ (ROI) form is given to you.
- You then return the ROI form.
We aim to complete this part of the process within two months.
- You are allocated a Social Worker who will come and meet you and gather basic information.
- Necessary checks are completed, including criminal records checks, local authority, medicals, employment references and personal references.
- Health and safety checks on your home, as well as any pet assessments, are completed.
- Once all checks are returned with no concerns you will progress to Stage 2.
We aim to complete this part of the process within four months.
- Formal application and plan for assessment completed.
- Between eight and ten assessment visits are completed by the Social Worker.
- Personal referees are visited by your Social Worker.
- The Prospective Adopter’s Report (PAR) is written and submitted to the panel.
- Your application is heard before an approved panel. A recommendation is made by the panel as to whether you are suitable to adopt.
- This is then referred to the Agency Decision Maker (ADM).
- The ADM will either ratify the panel’s recommendation or could disagree with this decision. Once the ADM approves you as suitable to adopt, you become an approved adoptive family.
- The social work team begin the process of ‘family finding’. This means trying to find the right child/ren for you and supporting you through this process; from identifying the child/ren through to placement with you and eventually the legal adoption.