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Can I Be an Adopter?

Adopting with Dumfries and Galloway Council means providing a family for life for a child or children who can never live with their birth families.


Are you over 21 years old and healthy?

There's no upper age limit for adoption, although it's important to bear in mind that adoption is a commitment for life so we need people who are going to be fit and healthy enough to care for a child until they reach adulthood and beyond. During your adoption assessment, we will ask you to complete a medical examination with your GP which will include an assessment of your BMI. This will look at both your physical and mental health to check that you're fit and healthy enough to meet the needs of a child both now and as they grow into adulthood.

Can I be single and adopt?

Yes, we have lots of adopters who are single. The important thing is that you have a strong support network who can provide you with practical as well as emotional support because it can be hard work being a parent at times. Also raising children can be expensive so think about your finances carefully.

Can I adopt if I'm from the LGBTQI community?

Yes, we welcome people who are from the LGBTQI community whether they are single or in a relationship. LGBTQI adopters have had the same right to adopt since 2005 and the number of LGBTQI adopters increases yearly. For more information on LGBTQI adoption visit:

Are you warm, caring, patient, understanding and open to learning about the needs of children who have experienced trauma and how best to care for them?

Children need adopted for many different reasons but they have all experienced the trauma of being separated from their birth families. Many have also experienced neglect and abuse. It's not surprising that sometimes they find life difficult and become overwhelmed by their emotions which can be evident in their behaviour. Adopters need to be able to stay calm when children are struggling, to listen and understand, and to be patient and connect with children. Adopters need to help children understand their life story and why their birth parents can't care for them, this supports their identity and helps them make sense of ongoing contact with their birth family either through letters or face-to-face.

Can I adopt if I have my own children?

We welcome people who have experience of parenting and those who don't but we do prefer a two year age gap between any birth children and adopted children.

What if I have a criminal record?

Every individual circumstance will be explored in detail to examine the context, severity of the crime and how this could impact on your ability to keep a child safe. A PVG check is required for all applicants.


  • You can be of any religion or cultural background.
  • You may be a tenant or a home-owner, living in a house or a flat.
  • But you must have a sense of humour!

If you are ready to take the first steps towards being an adopter please get in touch using our online enquiry form.