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Adoption means making a lifelong commitment to a child or children to allow them a chance to experience family life in a secure, stable and nurturing home.

It is the legal transfer of all parental responsibilities and rights from the child or children’s birth parents to their adoptive parents. Legally the child or children would have the same legal status in their adoptive family as any child born to adoptive parents.

In Falkirk Council and throughout Scotland there are children of all ages and backgrounds who need an adoptive family as they can no longer live with their own birth family. Children requiring adoption often need additional help, support and encouragement to help them recover from early life experiences.

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All kinds of people can apply to be adoptive parents but you need to be at least 21 years old. We are looking for people who can offer a child or sibling group the level of care, nurturing and understanding they need to help them fulfil their potential. We are interested in what people can offer a child rather than income levels or marital status. You can be single, married, civil partners, divorced, widowed, co habitant and with or without children. All enquiries will be treated in a non discriminatory way.

what does
adoption mean?

“We're his parents, he's not adopted. He's just our son”

“It's incredibly rewarding and no doubt the best thing we have ever done”

“Go for it, if you really want to do then don't let anything stand in your way"

getting started

We know that you will have taken a lot of time to get to this stage, on average people think about fostering or adopting for well over a year before doing anything about it. Please don’t wait any longer as getting started is very easy. Simply click on the contact us button below, complete the form and one of our team will be in touch to arrange an initial discussion – we look forward to hearing from you.

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Being a foster carer is a life changing experience and one of the most rewarding jobs you can ever do. At Falkirk Council we give the opportunity to be the best you can be by offering unmatched training and support throughout your fostering journey while you provide a loving, nurturing environment for children from the local area.

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short breaks

Our Short Break care service provides care for children and young people under 18 years old who have a learning and/or physical disability. Being with other people can provide new experiences and help them make valuable social contact, develop new interests and friendship of a short breaks carer can benefit both the children and their parents.

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