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Adopters are people like you!

There are a lot of myths about who can adopt, but the reality is that there is no such thing as a 'typical' adoptive parent.

We’re looking for people who have something to offer to the children we look after. You’ll be flexible, understanding, adaptable, patient, resilient, committed, a good communicator and willing to develop new skills. As a department we offer ongoing support and advice to adopters.

Your personal qualities are more important than whether you are married, single, divorced or widowed; have children or step-children of your own, or are childless; working or not working; a home owner or a tenant.

Middlesbrough Council is focused on meeting the needs of the children in our care. We have an open approach to working with adopters to ensure the best results for children of all ages.

If you would like more information about becoming an adopter, you can download our adoption information pack (after entering your details, the document will be available to download).


Phone: 01642 201962
Middlesbrough Adoption Service
1st Floor Vancouver House
Gurney Street

You can also request a call back from a member of our team at a time convenient to you.

We have an urgent need for adopters who would consider:

  • Babies and toddlers
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Children with disabilities or special needs
  • Older children

What kinds of children need adoptive families?

From our records we know that in a typical year we will need adoptive placements for 21 children in Middlesbrough. On average:

10 of these children will be boys
11 of these children will be girls
11 of these children will be under the age of 2
8 of these children will be aged 2 – 5
2 of these children will be over the age of 5
12 of these children will be single children
9 of these children will part of a sibling group of 2 or 3 children
16 of these children will be of white British ethnicity
5 of these children will be from the black or minority ethnic community
2 of these children will have special needs such as medical problems or a learning disability

Where can I get more information?

You can download our adoption information pack (after entering your details, the document will be available to download).

Further information about adoption can be found through the related pages section. The children’s guide to adoption can be used to explain the adoption process in a simple and child-friendly way to those under eleven or over eleven.

You can learn more about Middlesbrough Council’s Adoption Service by reading the department’s statement of purpose or summary statement of purpose.

Some adopted children will be eligible for a Pupil Premium. Read more about the Pupil Premium.

Related pages

Adoption and Fostering Academy

Adoption UK

The Agency for Adoption and Permanency Support

First 4 Adoption

Parenting Advice for Foster Carers and Adopters

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