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I want to adopt kids in Skyrim (on Xbox). I have the Hearthfire DLC, and also have killed Grelod the Kind. I walk in to the orphanage and Constance Michel is just doing things regularly and won't talk to me. I have a house in Whiterun with a children's room.

Any idea why I can't adopt?

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You can adopt kids,there's one in katlas farm (Blaise) and one who usually sits next to the tree in whiterun (Lucia).Theres a few more (1 in every hold atleast) Happy child hunting!

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  • Not every hold. There are 4 kids you can adopt in 4 holds.
    – Jim Jones
    Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12
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    – Jim Jones
    Oct 31, 2015 at 2:12
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    I Adopted those same 2 during my first run. Every run since I've adopted Alesan(Redguard boy in Dawnstar) and Sophie(flower girl in Windhelm). They seemed like they have a rougher time of things. Blaise can sleep on the hay in the stable in a a part of the hold with better weather, Lucia has Brenuin to look out for her and sometimes sleeps on a bench by the tree. Sophia sleeps on a concrete slab outside Niranye's house, and Alesan says they let him sleep by the fire in the inn sometimes. He works hard. Both Dawnstar and Windhelm have worse weather than Solitude and Whiterun.
    – Jtenorj3
    Mar 17, 2017 at 19:32
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First, you must go to Windhelm and talk to Aventus Aretino.

He will reward you for killing Grelod. After this, you will receive a letter from a courier, from the Dark Brotherhood. This begins the quest "With Friends Like These...."

After you get this note, sleep in a bed. You will be abducted by the Dark Brotherhood. After this, you either need to join the Brotherhood or kill Astrid.

After completing this, you should be able to adopt children.

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    – Kaz Wolfe
    Sep 13, 2015 at 18:52
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After you are inducted into the dark brotherhood, you can get them. Steps below

1: get inducted

2: become thane, and build your house

3: go to the orphanage and adopt a child (after you get the letter stating that Michele has taken over the orphanage)

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A HOUSE BUILT WITH CHILDERN'S BEDS TOO, OR YOU CAN'T ADOPT A CHILD

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