Having children already will not exclude you from adopting. Your adoption agency will take the age and needs of your children into consideration as part of the adoption assessment to ensure your adopted child(ren) can settle in well as part of your family.  Your agency will usually want your adopted child(ren) to be the youngest in the family by at least two years; however, we would encourage you to discuss your individual situation with your agency.

If you want to adopt before having birth children, then it would be important for the adopted child to be settled before considering having birth children.