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What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal process. It transfers all legal rights and responsibilities relating to a child from its birth parent to approved adopters. The birth parent ceases to be the child's parents in law and have no further legal rights and responsibilities in relation to the child. The child receives a new birth certificate and takes on the surname of the adopters once an adoption order has been granted by the courts. More information can be found in our adoption information pack which can be downloaded below.

Croydon’s adoption service was rated by Ofsted at the end of 2012 as being of high quality and exceeding minimum standards in every area

What sort of people are we are looking for?

Croydon is very keen to hear from adults of all racial, social, ethnic, cultural, sexual and religious background to adopt our looked after children whose permanency plan is adoption.

This includes people who are:

  • married or single
  • childless or have your own children
  • employed or unemployed; or
  • live in a council, rented or your own property.

Please read our adoption information booklet available to download below.

To make an initial enquiry to Croydon Adoption Service

Please complete the online initial enquiry form.

A member of our business support team will register your enquiry and will arrange for a social worker to have a planned telephone call with you. After this telephone call you will be invited to our information meeting.

The dates for 2014 information meetings are:

  • Wednesday 16 July 6.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Saturday 20 September 10.00am -12.00 noon
  • Wednesday 15 October 6.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Saturday 15 November 10.00am -12.00 noon
  • Wednesday 10 December 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Contact Details

Adoption Business Support
Telephone 0208 726 6000 ext 64025
Freephone 0800 389 0129
Email adoption.enquiries@croydon.gov.uk
Address Adoption Business Support
Croydon Adoption and Permanence Team
7th Floor Jeanette Wallace House
1 Edridge Road

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