London Borough of Tower Hamlets provides an adoption agency for those interested in adopting. These days very few children are given up for adoption by their parents at birth. Instead, the majority of children who need new families need them because of concerns about the parenting they have previously received.

These children need a loving family in the way that all children do. They also need a level of understanding, reassurance, patience and commitment over and above children who have not had such early instability.

People from all sorts of different backgrounds adopt. People sometimes think that they are automatically ruled out from adopting a child just because they are single, divorced, unemployed, disabled, gay or an older person. None of these are reasons to exclude you - it's all about what you can offer, what a child needs, and whether these can fit together to make a family for life.

Tower Hamlets' Adoption Service is looking for families from all ethnic backgrounds including Black, White and Asian to provide children with a loving and supportive home. We need families to adopt children of all age ranges, sibling groups and children with disabilities.

Deciding to adopt is a huge decision but it might not be as scary as you think. It can take a while to go through the process and you will be asked lots of questions, but our team will be there every step of the way to help support you during and after adopting.

The adoption team is made up of people from lots of different backgrounds and are well trained in being sensitive to people's cultural and religious beliefs and life experiences.

Once approved, we have a dedicated team who will be able to offer post adoption support and training to help you build your new life as a family together.

The adoption process

If you are interested in adopting, you will need to meet with a social worker many times to talk about yourself, your family and your experiences of looking after children. Some people find the idea of this daunting, but our social workers are highly experienced and will do everything they can to help you feel reassured during this process. You will also need to have police and medical checks and will need to ask employers, friends and families to give references.

It usually takes at least six months to become approved adopters - sometimes longer. The process of matching you with a child or children will then commence and again, this can also take time.

Tower Hamlets can also undertake assessments for people who are interested in adopting from abroad.

To see the adoption process visit the fostering and adoption website.

Post adoption

We also offer a post adoption service which supports anyone who has been involved in adoption including adults who are trying to trace their birth families, support to birth families who have been affected by adoption. The team also carry out financial support assessments of adopted families.

Further information

If you are interested in adopting, please contact our permanency and adoption support team. You can access the service by phone or email anytime. A duty social worker is available between 9am - 5pm or you can leave a message outside these hours.

Find out more about adoption services at Tower Hamlets.

How to contact us

Permanency and Adoption Support Team
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel: 0800 279 9850