Adoption is a rewarding role to play that gives a child a chance of having stability, love, care and a family of their own. To adopt a child is highly looked upon in Islam and is one that is recommended by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
In an authentic hadith, it was narrated
that the Prophet (pbuh) said,
“I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,”(putting his index and middle fingers together).
(Sahih al-Bukhari, 6005)
There are various regulations surrounding adoption which applies to all prospective adoptive parents who wish to adopt a child in the UK. These regulations are to be adhered to in the first instance when considering adoption.
There are age restrictions in place to adopt. The current regulations means that anyone over the age of 21 can be considered as an adopter, regardless of marital status, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income or whether you have parenting experience or not.
Only UK residents can apply. You may not apply unless you or your partner are a UK resident. You may adopt if you already have children of your own and this should not present any challenges as long as you have adequate space in your home to accommodate the children and meet their needs.
It is important to note that adoption should not be an exempt option for a prospective parent and it is important to talk to others who have adopted successfully and those within the sector to really understand its rewards both in general society and religiously.