If you or any member of your household smokes, you will not be able to adopt a child under 5 years of age as it is recognised smoking can have a particularly damaging effect on young children’s health. You may still be eligible to adopt an older child, but we would urge you to try and quit smoking for your own and the child’s health. Applicants who have previously smoked and wish to adopt a younger child must have stopped smoking for at least six months prior to commencing the assessment process, and must provide evidence of this. A Social Worker would be very willing to help you discuss this issue and help you to obtain advice and support. We can provide you will fuller details of our smoking policy and assistance available if that would be helpful.