London Borough of Croydon

Adoption services from July 2019

From July 2019 Croydon's adoption services will be provided by Southwark council, as part of a new shared service called the Adopt London South Regional Adoption Agency.​​ Further information about what this means for service users will be available soon. 

What adoption involves

Many children, some with physical, emotional or learning disabilities, are in need of caring parents. Adoption is for those children who are unable to live with their birth parents and will not be able to return to them.

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 and adoption enquires can be made online.

Recruitment of prospective adopters

Croydon Adoption Agency is very keen to receive enquiries from prospective applicants who are interested in the following:

  • fostering for adoption
  • adopting a sibling group of children
  • adopting children with special needs and those with a disability
  • children of black and minority ethnic groups
  • children of mixed heritage
  • second time adopters

If you will like to be considered for any of the above options, complete the online enquiry form. Enquires outside of the above range of interests will not be considered. You must also have enough living space for the number of children that you wish to adopt.

Prospective applicant’s living more than 35 miles of Croydon council should consider an agency closer to their home address. Furthermore, prospective applicants that live in and around central Croydon will be referred to our consortium members because of complexities that could arise from placing children in these areas.


Adoption business support

020 8726 6000 ext 84554
Address Line:

Adoption business support

Croydon adoption and permanence team

8, Mint Walk




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