How to apply

If you are a prospective adopter who has recently received a letter from your adoption agency which gives you a qualifying determination (see definition below) you have three options:

  1. You may accept the proposal
  2. You can make written representations to your adoption agency or
  3. You can apply in writing to the IRM Cymru for a review of the adoption agency’s qualifying determination

However, you can not do both 2 and 3.

What the IRM Cymru can do for you

The IRM Cymru is a review process conducted by a Review Panel which is independent of adoption agencies.

If you choose to use the IRM Cymru the review panel will:

Things the IRM Cymru doesn’t do

How the Review Panel works

The Review Panel considers the following information to make its recommendation:

If the Review Panel needs further information, this will be requested from you or your adoption agency before the panel meeting.

You will be invited to attend the meeting.  The Review Panel will have questions for you and the adoption agency.  The panel will also obtain legal and medical advice, if required.

Results and outcomes

The Review Panel makes its recommendation and will provide a copy of the panel minutes to you and the agency.

The adoption agency must take this recommendation into account as well as the recommendation of the original adoption panel when making its final decision on your suitability to adopt a child.

Making your application

Your application must be made in writing and include the following:

You must make your application within 40 days from the date of the adoption agency’s letter.

You can send your application to us by post, or email. It is important that you do not send your application to any other address since this will delay the review panel considering your application.

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A “qualifying determination” is a determination made by the adoption agency that it: