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, and ARC has an excellent track record of efficiently approving adopters. It is a little more difficult however, 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. For some adopters, they can be matched immediately following approval, but for some it takes longer. Our team will be 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.