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Has anyone adopted a child while claiming disability benefits?

Androgen
Androgen Member Posts: 69 Connected
Hi,
Me and my partner have been looking into potentially adopting in the future, and I can't see anything in the criteria that bans disabled people or people on benefits, but I wanted to ask and see if anyone has actually had success being approved as an adoptive parent while claiming a disability benefit?

I think the main worry is that if we apply to adopt we won't be approved due to the disability benefit (since it suggests that we need help with looking after ourselves) or that we could lose entitlement to the disability benefit if we're approved because "if you can look after a child then you clearly don't have any problems", does anyone have any experience with this?

Comments

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,632 Disability Gamechanger
    I don't see that getting a disability benefit would stop adoption after all it's not a barrier to having children, you will get a definitive answer from the adoption agency.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Ellyyg
    Ellyyg Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi
    That is an exciting journey to start with your partner! <3 From my search and some FAQs I can't really see anything about disability posing any issues with adoption, if it's not preventing you from caring for yourself or child and if the rest of the criteria is met
    https://www.first4adoption.org.uk/who-can-adopt-a-child/

    In regards of benefits, you're allowed to have children on benefits, however if you're worried about this affecting your entitlement or assessment you might want to speak to a local welfare benefits advisor.
    They/Them
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,725 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,
    There's lots of people that have children and claim disability benefits so this won't affect your ability to adopt a child and it won't affect your disability benefits either.
  • Androgen
    Androgen Member Posts: 69 Connected
    Thanks everyone for replies - I know you can have children while on benefits but figured they may view it differently if you're adopting them, we're going to talk to some agencies about it before we decide
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,725 Disability Gamechanger
    It makes no difference if it's a child you've given birth to, adopted or a step child. The reason you can't see anything in the criteria is because it doesn't exist.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,348 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 25
    It makes no difference if it's a child you've given birth to, adopted or a step child. The reason you can't see anything in the criteria is because it doesn't exist.
    I think the OP may be more concerned about whether the fact they claim disability benefits will affect whether or not they are approved to adopt.

    OP, obviously the ability to look after a child is going to be a factor so I would expect the impact your disabilities have on you to be a consideration. I wouldn't expect the fact that you claim financial support to which you are entitled due to those disabilities to make any difference. Please note however that I know nothing about adoption procedures and my comments are not informed by experience.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.

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