What are the first steps when thinking about adopting a child? Do your research. Find out as much as you can to help you decide if adopting a child is what you want to do. Look at various adoption agency websites and organisations that support adoptive parents. When you’re ready to take the first step, you can make contact with an adoption agency. This can be a voluntary adoption agency (VAA), your local authority (LA) or a regional adoption agency (RAA). You can find a full list of VAAs here, or search to find your local VAA here. You can contact more than one agency at this stage to see which one you prefer, but you can only go through the assessment and approval process with one adoption agency. When you make contact with an adoption agency they will send you information about the adoption process. You will then be invited to a meeting or information session with other people who are interested in adoption. Once you decide to proceed with an agency, you will lodge what is called a Registration of Interest and your adoption journey will begin! Information on the full adoption process can be found here.