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Could I adopt?

Man and child

You can be single or in a relationship, married or unmarried.

You can be heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

You can be from any religion and ethnic background.

Our adoption stories

You don’t have to live in Bedford to adopt a Bedford Borough child, in fact we welcome applications from outside of Bedford Borough as it’s often more appropriate to place children who are to be adopted outside of their immediate home area.

We need people of all ages, who are in good health, have energy, a capacity to understand children’s feelings, a sense of fun, and the motivation to persevere through difficult times.

We do ask that you are over the age of 21, are a UK resident or domiciled in Britain and that you hold no criminal convictions against children.

We advise reading as much as you can about adoption so you can decide if it’s right for you. You’ll be surprised at how many people have adoption stories to share and it’s really useful to talk to as many people as you can to find out their experiences.

Why we need you

Every year in England, there are around 4,000 children are waiting for adoptive families.

They range in age and are from a variety of backgrounds, but what they have in common is their difficult start in life and that they are unable to go home.

They need loving, stable homes where they are supported, encouraged and loved. They need to grow up in a safe and secure environment, where they are helped to make sense of who they are.

If you’d like a chat, call us on 01234 718718 or email us on adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk