How do I adopt a child in Guernsey?
You may already be familiar with the idea of adoption - where a
child that cannot be brought up by their birth parents becomes part
of a new family. Perhaps you're wondering who can adopt,
which children need adopting and the process involved?
Our role in the States of Guernsey is to help secure the best
possible future for all the children that we place. For many this
means either being adopted or living permanently with a new family.
Once you have made your enquiry and discussed your interest with a
member of the team we will normally undertake a visit for a more
in-depth discussion about adoption and whether it is appropriate
for you and your family. If it is, you will be invited on a
"preparation to adopt" course facilitated by team members.
You (the applicant(s)) will attend the preparation course held
over a number of evenings and feedback is provided on your
participation by the group facilitator. The participants also
provide feedback on the group experience and assess their own
Following this, and if no concerns have arisen on the part of
the applicant or HSSD, a social worker is allocated to complete the
home study report, using the Prospective Adopters Report (PAR)
format. This assessment process should be a learning experience and
continue the process of developing the applicant's knowledge of
adoption and the needs of adopted children. At any stage the
applicants may decide to withdraw themselves. They also may be
deferred or counselled out by agreement if HSSD has concerns that
their application is not viable. If there is a lack of agreement
about the viability of the application following the acceptance of
a formal application, the social worker may present a brief report
to the Adoption and Permanency Panel and seek a view as to whether
the assessment should continue.
In the event that HSSD decides not to continue the assessment or
declines to approve following a full assessment there is an
internal review process available to applicants.
Applicant(s) are expected to make themselves available for a
series of interviews in their own home and sometimes at the team's
offices. An assessment can only be progressed in a timely manner if
there is a commitment on the part of both the worker and applicants
and a working agreement is signed at the start of the process to
clarify roles and expectations.