Please note: As a registered Adoption agency, we are required to undertake several statutory checks on potential and current foster carers:
Protection of vulnerable groups (PVG)
All prospective adoptive parents are required to undergo a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. The PVG check will highlight any criminal convictions you may have. It is best practice to let us know at the start of your application process if you have been convicted of a criminal offence. If you have a criminal conviction, it may still be possible for you to become an adoptive parent - this will be discussed with you on a case by case basis.
We require you to undergo a full medical assessment, which would be carried out by your General Practitioner. Let us know at the start of your application if you have a history of medical problems. Specific medical conditions may not preclude you from adopting children, however, it may impact on the number or age of child/children you can adopt.
Local Authority checks
We undertake a check of our records. If you have lived in another Local Authority since the age of sixteen, we would also check their records.
Employment history and employers reference
We will require you to disclose your full employment history. As a matter, of course, we will seek a written reference from your current, or most recent, employer.
Previous partners, older and adult children
As part of our checks, if you have been in a previous long-term relationship, we will seek to contact your former partner. If any children were involved in the relationship, we will also seek to contact them. If you have any concerns, please inform us when we discuss your application.
You will be asked to provide a list of six potential referees covering various stages of your life - two may be from relatives. Referees will be asked to provide a written reference - some referees may also be visited.