Information Session

IAC offers a half day Information Session for prospective intercountry adopters. These sessions are led by IAC staff together with experienced intercountry adopters.

Who are the days for?

Information Sessions are of most benefit to those considering intercountry adoption who have not yet begun the adoption assessment with their Local Authority or Regional Adoption Agency. The days are open to anyone and you do not have to be referred by your Local Authority or Regional Adoption Agency, although if your adoption agency is a subscriber to IAC you will benefit from a concessionary rate for the session.

It is most beneficial if both partners attend if you are applying jointly to adopt. Single applicants may find it helpful to bring a friend or family member with them too.

If you are adopting through IAC then you will be required to attend an Information Session prior to requesting an initial interview with a Social Worker.

What is the purpose of the Information Session?

The session offers an informal setting in which to explore the procedures, issues and challenges involved in intercountry adoption in the company of other prospective adopters. If you are not adopting through IAC, This is intended to supplement the consultation and advice available through your local authority or independent adoption agency. Country Workshops which run periodically are a further way to add to your knowledge.

Where and When?

Usually twice monthly at IAC’s Training Room in Barnet or online.


To find out which cost applies to you please contact our Advice Line. 

How to book

Prior to booking on an information session please speak to the Advice Line.

They will be able to:

  • Send you an Assessment Information Pack if you live in a partner Local Authority area
  • Provide guidance on how to research 'eligibility criteria' of the country you wish to adopt from
  • Advise you on the residency requirements and intercountry adoption process in the UK

To book on an information session please send the following details to and a member of our Business Support tea, will get back to you with more details and to arranging payment.

  • Preferred Information Session date

  • Number of places required

  • Full names of applicant/s

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • Local Authority

  • Where you would like to adopt from –(if known)

  • Number of children (if applicable) already within your family and whether they live with you?

    Please note that you will need to book on a course by noon, two working days before the session.  There is a course limit of 18 people.

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