What is adoption? | Oxfordshire County Council

What is adoption?

An overview of what being an adopter involves.

"Oxfordshire’s adoption service operates with a clear emphasis on quality and timeliness.

"Oxfordshire has a knowledgeable, committed and enthusiastic workforce. These factors contribute to good outcomes for children."

Ofsted report 2014, Oxfordshire was rated as Good.

Adoption is a way to provide a loving home for children who can no longer be brought up by their birth family. When you adopt, you take on all the legal rights and responsibilities for the child.

It's a lifelong commitment and just like all parents it’s about working through the bad times as well as the good ones.

The children vary in age from babies and toddlers to children as old as eight or nine. Children with disabilities, older children and siblings are more difficult to find adopters for. If you feel you are able to offer a child like this the chance to find their forever family then we would prioritise your application.

Adoption is not always easy, but it can be extraordinarily rewarding.  You will receive training and support to help you prepare for adoption and this support is continued for as long as you feel it is needed.

Last reviewed
04 May 2016
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