We can’t adopt as we’re not married Not true! You can adopt a child regardless of your marital status – whether you’re single, unmarried, in a civil partnership or married. If you are in a relationship, you agency will expect you to have lived together for at least one year at point of application and for there to be evidence that your relationship is stable and enduring. Adopted children have often experienced considerable disruption in their lives, so ensuring that your situation is stable is an important part of the assessment. A child moving in with their family can challenge any relationship, so there would need to be evidence that you have managed a variety of situations together.