Adopting a child in Guernsey
Adoption is a term used to describe the legal process whereby
parental rights and responsibilities for a child are conferred on a
person who is not the child's birth parent. There are different
categories of adoption which are referred to briefly here.
There is a whole system to recruit, assess and prepare adopters
for children where a decision has been made in court, that they
cannot live with their birth parents. There are a small number of
babies whose parents have decided, voluntarily, that they cannot be
a parent to that child.
Children and Family Community Services has an agreement with IAC
The Centre for Adoption to advise enquirers about adopting a child
from abroad. Should you require further information on Inter
Country Adoption, please in the first instance contact IAC The
Centre for Adoption on 0208 447 4753. Alternatively you can
This is for situations where a birth parent, whose child lives
with them, has a partner who is not the other birth parent and who
wishes to become a legal parent to the child.