There are a lot of questions you will have at this stage of the adoption process, and a decision will not be made over night.
First 4 Adoption have put together these guides for people thinking about adoption
- Becoming and adopter: step by step
- Thinking about adoption… if you already have children
- Thinking about adoption… fertility issues
- Thinking about adoption… single adopters
First 4 Adoption and CoramBAAF also recommend these books by experienced adopters.
- The Adopter’s Handbook, by Amy Neil Slater
- Adopting a Child, by Jenifer Lord
The PAC-UK General information leaflet tells you about advice and support available to you as an adopter. They also provide information about Premium Plus and understanding the educational processes and school systems.
Suggested reading for adopters
- The Pink Guide to Adoption for Lesbians and Gay Men – Nicola Hill
- What to Expect When You’re Adopting – Dr Ian Palmer
- An Adoption Diary – Maria James
It is not uncommon for those who have adopted to adopt again. So First 4 Adoption have put together their guide Thinking about adoption… again to help you think about the process and how it might be different a second time around.
Books for children
Children will be affected by the adoption process and may need help understanding what adoption means for them. There are a selection of books designed to help them and can be found on the CoramBAAF and First 4 Adoption websites. Here are a few suggestions:
- The Most Precious Present in the World – Becky Edwards
- Dad David, Baba Chris and Me – Ed Merchant
- Adopting a Brother or Sister – Hedi Argent