the national adoption information service There are 3,000 children in England waiting to be adopted. These children are all different ages and come from a variety of backgrounds. The average age of children waiting to be adopted is only four. But what they all have in common is the need for a forever family to provide them with love and security. The process to approve adopters only takes six months - and more people can adopt than you might think. Adopters come from all different backgrounds. You can adopt if you are aged over 40 (there is no upper age limit), single, unmarried, lesbian or gay, or if you already have children. You don't need to own your own home and you can be on a low income or unemployed. If you want to know more about adopting, First4Adoption, the national adoption information service for England, can provide you with the information you need - from whether you can apply to be an adoptive parent to what's involved in the process. We can also put you in touch with adoption agencies that cover your area. Call our friendly advisers today on 0300 222 0022 or take the online test to see if you could apply to adopt at www.first4adoption.org.uk.