Information on adopting a child from abroad (intercountry adoption) including how to adopt and where you can get support.
Information about adopting a child from fostering.
Information about adopting a child in Scotland including who can adopt, how to adopt and adoption leave and pay.
Information for parents about arranging for someone you know to look after your child - known as private fostering.
How to become the guardian of a child that isn't your own, including getting a court order and financial support.
Information on becoming a foster parent.
How to get information about your adoption including tracing your birth relatives and the adoption contact register.
Information on becoming a surrogate mother and your rights.
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.