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Being adopted

If you can't live with your parents because they can't look after you, or because it's not safe for you to be at home, your social workers might arrange for you to stay with a foster family.

Some children who live with foster carers can go back to live with their family eventually, but some can't. If it would be harmful for you to go back home, we'll look for a family to adopt you.

Your social worker will talk to lots of different families until they find one they think you'll be happy with. If you like them too, you'll be able to go and live with them.

After a while, if you and your new family are happy together, they'll be able to adopt you. You'll need to go to court and ask a judge to make a legal decision which says you've been adopted.

It's okay to have lots of questions about adoption. There's lots of stuff in this section to help you understand more:

→ It can be hard to leave your family. Your social worker will support you as much as they can. Read more about leaving your family.

→ We want your adoption to make both you and your new family happy. So we work really hard to find the perfect family for you. Read more about how we find the right family for you.

→ Your life story book will help you find out more about your past, especially the bits you were too young to remember. Read more about your life story book.

→ It's okay to feel a little bit scared, and have lots of questions, about going to live with a new family. Read more about going to live with your new family.

→ Moving in and being adopted are different things. You'll move in with your new family for a while before they adopt you. Read more about when you will move in.

→ It's okay to wonder about your birth family and what they were like. Read more about finding out about your birth family when you grow up.