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What is adoption?

Sometimes, when a child comes into the care of the local authority, it isn’t possible for them to return home. We will look at the best options for the child when this happens and, in some cases, the best outcome is adoption.

Life-long commitment

Adoption is a legal process which transfers all legal responsibility of the child to their new parent(s) and is a permanent, life-long commitment.

This offers children who have not had the best start, the opportunity to live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives with their new families.

It’s also the chance for you, as an adoptive parent, to begin or complete a family of your own.

Talk to us about adoption

We welcome enquiries from people of all religions, races, genders and sexuality. Those who have chosen to adopt reflect a wide range of circumstances and life experience and we assess every application on an individual basis.

Email: adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk
Tel: 01234 718718 

Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose

Download Bedford Borough Council's Adoption Agency Statement of Purpose (PDF)