Oxfordshire County Council Adoption Service

What the Adoption Service does:

  • Recruit, assess, train and support prospective adopters.
  • Family finding and support the placement for adoption, of children who are not able to safely return to the care of their birth families.
  • Provide assessments for adoption support as well as some direct services.
  • Work and support birth relatives of adopted children.
  • Work with and support adopted adults and their relatives.
  • Work with and support special guardians.
  • Provide ongoing support for adoptive parents, special guardians and their families including:
    • helpdesk, and an opportunity to meet with support workers
    • advice and information
    • support groups for adopted children and/ or adoptive parents
    • counselling
    • assistance over contact
    • services in relation to therapeutic needs of a child
    • access to other services, such as education
    • regular training workshops for adoptive parents
    • an adoption newsletter
    • a special guardians newsletter
    • annual social event for adoptive families
What the Adoption Service needs:
  • Adoptive parents for children aged 0-9 years
  • Foster For Adoption carers for children aged 0-3 years
  • Especially adoptive parents who will consider children:
    • as part of sibling groups
    • of black or dual heritage
    • children of 3 years and up to 9 years old
    • to care for children with disabilities of all ages
Who can adopt?

The Adoption Service welcomes enquires from the LGBT community. If you are in a partnership, either through marriage, civil partnership or a stable living arrangement you can both legally adopt a child. You will need to demonstrate that your partnership is stable, permanent and will be able to withstand the challenges that adoption can bring. They would usually expect couples to have been living together for at least 2 years.

Single people can also adopt. This arrangement can be seen as a positive choice for some children. As with people in partnerships, applicants will need to show that they have strong and supportive network of family and friends to call on when they need to.

Support for Adoptive Parents

Provides support and advice to Adopters and Special Guardians who live in Oxfordshire or where the adoption/special guardianship was arranged by Oxfordshire County Council.

An advice line is available Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00 is available, please phone 01865 897981

All adopters and special guardians are entitled to an assessment of need on request until their children are aged 18. Oxfordshire County Council also offers a range of additional services over and above our statutory duty. If you are a birth parent or an adult adoptee and need some advice regarding adoption/special guardianship please contact Adoption Services.

Services, Organisations & Contacts

Oxfordshire County Council’s Adoption Services

We offer a range of services to people who would like to adopt, families who have adopted, birth relatives and adopted adults too.
0800 783 5723

New Family Social

Oxfordshire County Council is a member of New Family Social, the UK network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adoptive and foster families.


Leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting agencies and professionals who work with them.


National service provided by the government to help those interested in adoption get some further information and find an agency close to them.