Adopting a child from abroad
Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.
Adopting a child from fostering
Information about adopting a child from fostering.
Adopting a child in Scotland
Information about adopting a child in Scotland including who can adopt, how to adopt and adoption leave and pay.
Arranging for someone you know to look after your child
Information for parents about arranging for someone you know to look after your child – known as private fostering.
Becoming a child's guardian
How to become the guardian of a child that isn't your own, including getting a court order and financial support.
Becoming a foster carer
Information on becoming a foster parent.
Getting information about your adoption
How to get information about your adoption including tracing your birth relatives and the adoption contact register.
Having a child for someone else (surrogacy)
Information on becoming a surrogate mother and your rights.
Having a child through a surrogate mother
Information about having a child through a surrogate mother.
Help if you're looking after a child who is not your own – rates, eligibility, how to claim or appeal a decision.