How long does the UK adoption process take? The adoption process usually takes no longer than six months for you to become approved as an adoptive parent. However, it is impossible to predict how long it will take to have a child placed with you because it is important to identify the right match for your family. The team at ARC Adoption North East are happy to talk to you and offer further guidance around this. If you would like to know more about adoption and starting the adoption process with ARC Adoption North East and the support available, please contact us.