UK agency adoption
Family building through adoption is a good option if you can offer a home to an unrelated child who needs one. You might be considering adoption after unsuccessful fertility treatment or as a first option (perhaps if you are a same sex or solo parent).
You might want to adopt one child, or a sibling group. Children available for adoption in the UK come from a wide variety of backgrounds and you will need to consider what kinds of children you would be able to care for.
Children who need adopting might have been relinquished for adoption by their birth parents, or might have been taken into care and placed for adoption by a local authority. Looked-after children might have been in care for some time and/or might have special emotional or physical needs.
NGA publication: Stonewall Gay Dads' guide
Natalie wrote the legal sections of Stonewall's well-known Gay Dads' guide for same sex couples considering starting a family together. It contains useful information on all the things you need to consider about your options for building a family through surrogacy, adoption, co-parenting or sperm donation.
Court form: Adoption application Form A58
Form A58 is the court form you need to apply for adoption in the UK, whether a step-parent/partner adoption or an unrelated adoption. You can find the application form and accompanying notes here.
Resources: the Adoption and Children Act 2002
The Adoption and Child Act 2002 sets out the law, eligibility criteria and process for applying for adoption in the UK.
Other helpful organisations:
BAAF is a leading UK charity which works with adoptive families and gives information and advice on issues of adoption and fostering.
Adoption UK is a leading UK charity which supports adoptive families and campaigns on their behalf.
New Family Social offers specialist support, information and encouragement to gay and lesbian adopters.
Stonewall is the UK's leading gay rights charity, which gives information and support to gay and lesbian couples and individuals, including on parenting and adoption.