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‘Amidst all the mess, chaos, laughter, fun, ups and downs of family life, we can honestly say adopting is the best thing we have ever done with our lives.’ - Cathy, HullIf you are interested in adopting, we encourage you to get in touch with us. We welcome interest in adoption from people from all walks of life.

We treat everybody who is interested in adoption individually because what really matters most to a child is who you are as a person and whether you can offer a child a secure, stable and caring home.

To adopt you must be –

  • 21 years old or over
  • a UK resident
  • determined to make a real difference to a child’s life - for life

There is no upper age limit for adopters or restrictions on anyone with disabilities. However, all adopters have a medical as part of the assessment process to ensure they are healthy enough to raise a child into adulthood.

You do not have to be a homeowner, working, married, in a civil partnership or a relationship, or specially qualified.

People with certain types of criminal convictions, such as certain violent or sexual offences, convicted offences against children, or whose household members have been convicted of such offences, cannot adopt. We carry out criminal background check as part of the assessment process.

We would not place a young child within a smoking household, and many other local authorities also follow this policy. This is based on guidelines from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

Visit the BAAF website for more information about adoption guidelines (link opens in a new window)

We recommend if you are considering fertility treatment you should complete the treatment before starting the adoption process.

Most of our adoptive families live within fifty miles of Hull. When a family comes from further away it generally means the family have a pre-existing relationship with a child from this area.

Contact us about becoming an adoptive parent

Whether you are ready to adopt of you would like further information, please get in touch with us by completing the online form below or telephoning us on 01482 612 800.

Contact us

Hull adoption
Hull City Council
Kenworthy House
George Street
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Tel: 01482 612 800
(9.30am - 4.30pm for initial information packs)
(12.30 - 4.30pm to speak to a duty social worker)

Fax: 01482 612 317

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