Adoption and fostering

Adopting a child: your child's health and medical needs

Some children who are adopted from care may have additional or special needs. These can result from physical, mental or emotional difficulties or learning disabilities.

Adopting or fostering a child in care

Find out about adopting or fostering children in care, including fostering to adopt and the adoption process.

Adopting a child: your health and wellbeing

Lots of personal factors come into play with adoption, including your own medical history and emotional health.

After adoption: what help can we get?

Services and financial support you can expect to help with any special or additional needs your adopted child may have.

'We adopted after IVF'

New dad Andrew talks about adopting his two-year-old son and shares tips for other adopters.

Sally's story: post-adoption support for our children

Mum-of-two Sally opens up about the emotional health difficulties her adopted children have.

We've adopted a child - how do we bond? (24 months onwards)

Three adoptive parents discuss how they bonded with their children, and health visitor Ruth Oshikanlu talks about how to bond with a child you've adopted.

Media last reviewed: 23/04/2017

Next review due: 23/04/2020

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