UK Adoption Process
The UK adoption process has been added below. Note that an international adoption does cost money and it may take 2-3 years to adopt a child abroad. You will need to ask if you are prepared for this massive undertaking. Read the articles on post adoption issues and also adoption example to give you more insight into issues which may arrive out of an adoption. There is no fanfare to sell but only reality.
The following is a brief overview of the adoption process out of the UK:
Registration of Interest Form accepted by agency
Once you have thought of the implications of an adoption you can start by contacting a registered agency in the UK who will provide you with the forms needed for the process to begin. Once you have filled in your “Registration of Interest” the process starts.
The Approval Process commences
The approval process takes a while in the UK and usually lasts about two months. This would be the equivalent of the American I-800A application form. They will check to see if you are a suitable candidate for an adoption. Safe to say that if you have a criminal record or are on welfare that you are not going to proceed beyond this point. Most times they will offer a preparation course which you have to take to prepare you for what it is that you might expect from the adoption.
A home study now has to be completed. If you have ever bought a house and have a due diligence done on the property then this would be a due diligence report on you as a prospective adoptive parent. They will check your background, speak to your friends, see your accommodation and also look at your employment record. Once this has been done it need to be sent for a review by an adoption panel. Once complete the home study will be sent to the Department for Education for processing and issue of Certificate of Eligibility. This takes about 4 months to complete. So from when you started to this point it takes about 6 months.
From this point your home study will be presented in Thailand to the DSDW if you are adopting from Thailand. The matching process begins and this can take 2-3 years to complete. If you are adopting from China then the latest stats from the Australian Government shows that it will take at least 8 years to complete.
Consider all your options before you start the process. Speak to an agency as well as to an attorney before starting this process.