Who can adopt?

To adopt a child in the UK, you need to be at least 21 years old (there is no upper age limit), you need to be resident in the UK and you will need to have no criminal convictions for offences against children. 

We need people who have the health and energy to support a child through to adulthood and beyond, and who have the motivation to persevere through difficult times.  

We welcome people with a whole range of backgrounds and life experiences, who are able to reflect and support the needs of the children waiting for adoption.   

Discover how you can adopt through us if you're single

We welcome enquiries from:

  • single people
  • couples who are married, in civil partnerships, or in committed, long-term relationships
  • heterosexual or LGBT+ individuals or couples
  • people from a range of ethnicities and religions
  • people without children - as well as those who are parents already
  • homeowners or those in rented accommodation, with a spare bedroom for an adopted child
  • non-smokers
  • those at the end of fertility treatment
  • people over the age of 21, who are UK residents and hold no criminal convictions against children

For more information about who can adopt, read our Adoption FAQs page

If you are interested in adopting and live in the areas where we work, we'd love to hear from you.


Do we cover your area?

Coram works across the whole of London as well as in surrounding areas. Find out if we cover your area:

Find out where we work

Next Steps

Want to know more about adopting with Coram? Come along to one of our information events and meet our friendly adoption team.

Book onto an information event

We also recommend that you do as much preparation as possible, to find out if adoption is right for you. Find out more about the adoption process.