The panel is made up of people from a range of backgrounds, possibly including adoption professionals, adopters and adoptees, people with childcare expertise, medical expertise and those with education backgrounds. The panel’s role includes recommending whether or not applicants should be approved as adopters, though they do not make the final decision. Their recommendation is passed to the agency decision maker, a senior figure in the local authority, who has the final say.

You will be invited to part of the meeting to discuss the report and clarify the reasons why you want to adopt.