Thinking about adoption | Adopting a child | Medway Council

Thinking about adoption

Adoption and coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Adoption

Adoption gives a child in care a chance to permanently become part of a new family that offers them a stable and loving home.

Medway Adoption service is now part of the new regional adoption agency Adoption Partnership South East. A government mandate stated that all local councils, must join a regional adoption agency by 2020. 

Adoption Partnership South East brings together knowledge and expertise from local councils such as:

  • Medway Council
  • London Borough of Bexley
  • Kent County Council

The partnership will provide prospective adopters across the south east access to a larger number of children. This will help to find the right match of loving families and children from a wide range of profiles quicker than ever.

If you're thinking about adopting and want to know more about adoption and the process you can:

Contact us on 01634 335 676 or email us on adoption@medway.gov.uk

Any adopters who start the adoption process after the 1 April 2020 will be the adopters of the new Adoption Partnership South East.

Types of adoption

There are different types of adoption that can take place, such as:

  • adopting a stepchild/children
  • children in care, including siblings
  • early permanence/foster to adopt
  • adopting a child/children from overseas

To find out more, visit the Adoption Partnership website.