An increasing number of families include at least one adopted child. Many individuals and couples chose to adopt.
The adopted child may have been previously looked after by a local authority, may have come from abroad or may have been looked after informally by a relative.
The legal process of adoption can be complex and lengthy. Adoption involves the creation of the parent and child relationship by the court. When adopted, a child is treated in law as the child of the adopter, as if he or she has never been the child of any other person.
The process of adoption can be stressful for families and we do all that we can to minimise that stress.