You may have voluntarily decided to put your child up for adoption because you feel that you are unable to look after them and have asked the local council or an adoption agency for help to have them adopted.

Or perhaps the council has taken your child into care because they are concerned that you are unable to care for them and they have decided that it is best that they no longer live with you.

In either circumstance, this is a worrying and upsetting time for you and you will probably have many concerns and questions. Who will look after my child? Will I be able to see them? Will my child be adopted? What if I don't agree with the decisions that are made?

Many organisations provide answers to some of these questions:

  • the Citizens Advice Bureau has information and advice about children and local authority care in the UK 
  • Gov.uk explains what happens if your child is taken into care in England 
  • Child Law Advice explains the legal processes involved in child protection and the role of children's services in England
  • Family Lives gives advice on how to cope with the aftermath of having your child taken into care 
  • It may also be worth contacting one of the organisations that provide advice and support to families in your situation 

For more information about the processes and what you can expect if your child is taken into care and adopted or fostered, including what contact you can have with them, read our Advice Notes If your child is being adopted (and you agree), If your child is being adopted (and you don't agree), Contact: if your child is being adopted and Contact: if your child is being fostered.