The adoption process – what does it involve?

From the moment you first consider adopting you have already begun the adoption process and discovering whether it is definitely right for you.

The journey is made with social workers and staff, whose job it is to make sure you are the best possible parents for the children in need of a forever family.

How long does it take?

Once you make the important and life-changing decision to adopt, it’s understandable that you will want the process to be as quick as possible. Waiting for something you really want is extremely hard and frustrating. However, this isn’t something that we can rush. We need to ensure that adoption is completely right for you and importantly, that we correctly match children with suitable families.

Western Bay Adoption is proud of its reputation in assessing and approving the majority of prospective adopters within five to seven months, engaging with them on a continual basis.

It is impossible to be absolutely definite about the timing of the whole process for a number of reasons. Some things are out of the agency’s control, as they have to be completed by others. Also, some assessments take longer than others because of the issues that are raised.

Are there any costs involved in adoption?

Applicants are expected to pay the cost of their medical examination. When an application is made to the court for an adoption order to be made, adopters are expected to pay the costs incurred in making the application. If there is to be a contested adoption the agency will discuss with the applicants how the legal costs will be met. For applicants wishing to adopt from overseas, there may be additional costs.