Adopting a child in Guernsey
Adoption is a term used to describe the legal process whereby
parental rights and responsibilities for a child are conferred on a
person who is not the child's birth parent. There are different
categories of adoption which are referred to briefly here.
There is a whole system to recruit, assess and prepare adopters
for children where a decision has been made in court, that they
cannot live with their birth parents. There are a small number of
babies whose parents have decided, voluntarily, that they cannot be
a parent to that child.
Some adults considering adoption choose to adopt a child from
This is for situations where a birth parent, whose child lives
with them, has a partner who is not the other birth parent and who
wishes to become a legal parent to the child.