How old do you have to be to adopt a child – and other criteria

The importance of adoption cannot be overstated – it can change the very course of a child’s life, as well as making parents out of willing adults.

Charity Family Lives states that, in the UK, there are around 6,000 children who need to be adopted every year.

Many of these children are of school age and over 50% of them are brothers and sisters who would need to be placed together.

While there’s lots to consider before adopting – and the process is not a quick one – who is eligible to think about applying to become an adoptive parent?

Read the full article in the Metro here.