Adoption and fostering

This article contains information about how to adopt a child in South Gloucestershire, and support for people involved in adoption.  It also includes information on private fostering and the related responsibilities.

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Adoption services in South Gloucestershire

In March 2018, local authorities Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire came together to provide a dedicated single adoption service.  There are three main hubs in Gloucestershire, Bristol and Trowbridge.

Information on adoption and the support available is now on the Adoption West website.

Adoption West is the adoption agency of these councils:

Telephone enquiries: 03303 550 333


Gloucester Office

Second Floor, The Link
Block 5
Shire Hall

Trowbridge Office

County Hall, Wiltshire Council,
Bythesea Road,
BA14 8JN

Bristol Office

6th Floor,
Smeaton Road

Thinking about adoption for your child

If you are considering placing your own child for adoption, you can contact us on 01454 866088 to speak to a social worker.  You can read information on what will happen and where to get more advice on the CoramBAAF website.

Private Fostering: looking after someone else’s child

Private fostering is when a child under 16, or under 18 if they’re disabled, lives for more than 28 days with someone who is not a close relative. Close relatives include:

  • Grandparents
  • Brothers
  • Sisters
  • Uncles
  • Aunts
  • step-parents
  • people with parental responsibility for the child

Children are not in private foster care if:

  • they are only cared for during the day
  • they are in the care of a local council

You can find out more about private fostering in this leaflet.

You must tell us about private fostering arrangements by phoning 01454 866000 or emailing

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