Most children in the UK are raised by their birth parents. But more than 3,000 children in England alone are waiting for a family to adopt them.
Have you ever thought about adopting a child? If so, perhaps worries about the law and your right to adopt have stopped you from taking the next steps.
Here are five legal facts about adoption that many people don't know.
1. I'm single. Can I adopt? You can adopt if you are single or an unmarried couple. It doesn't matter what your gender or sexual orientation is.