Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Achievements

Proud Parent

Adopt a child  

Upon downloading the DLC, a courier will arrive while you are inside a city and deliver you two letters: one advertising the Honorhall Orphanage in Riften and the other informing you that you can now build a children's bedroom to accommodate the child.

Before even bothering to head to Riften, make sure you own a home and have built the children's bedroom. If you're adding it to an existing home (pre-DLC) it will replace your alchemical lab and cost 250 Gold (except in Windhelm and Solitude, which will not overwrite the lab but costs 3000 Gold). Otherwise, you'll need to manually put in a child's bed and child's chest at any of the DLC homes.

Now that you have your house and children's room, visit the orphanage and tell Constance Michel that you'd like to adopt. She'll ask you to pick a home (probably only one choice unless you build multiple children's rooms in multiple homes) as well as a child, so talk to one you like afterward and the achievement will unlock when you accept them.

A full list of adoptable children can be found here. Note that you do not have to have your wife at the home or even be married to do this!

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User Comments
Comment #1 by daardu
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 10:36:42 PM

Oh-ho-ho This will be great.

Comment #2 by Chaosflare
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 10:48:18 PM

While you see "Adopt a child", I see "Begin the advances of industry by providing cheap labor". =D

Comment #3 by T0X1C Z0MB1E TZ
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 10:55:03 PM

Reminds me of Fable 3.

Comment #4 by Drjimbo32
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 11:21:43 PM

Haha love how it just says "adopt". No sex for you!

Comment #5 by TigerII
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 11:24:12 PM

So why can't I have my own kids? I have to adopt a boring white kid

Comment #6 by mitcho2013
Saturday, September 01, 2012 @ 11:50:53 PM

Things to do on this DLC:

1. Get married.
2. Adopt child.
3. Build a huge house.
4. Join Bard's College
5. Hire bard.
6. KILL BARD in front of wife and kid.
7. Hang with neighborhood giants.

Comment #7 by o D M C o
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:14:29 AM

@5, your real name wouldn't be Madonna would it?

Comment #8 by Nick Is I
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:22:32 AM

They never told you in the lore, but the Dragonborn has erectile dysfunction.

Comment #9 by ThoracicKez
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:48:48 AM

@8 lol

Comment #10 by Winter wolfpack
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:49:35 AM

Build my machines my pretties.

Comment #11 by Winter wolfpack
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 04:52:32 AM

And defend my house from the trolls while i laugh at you from my tower.

Comment #12 by HVAC Techie
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 06:25:52 AM

Reminds me of the tonic in Bioshock 2.

Comment #13 by XxJoaoPauloBRxX
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 08:00:45 AM

Nice....*Makes pedo face*

Comment #14 by Rums
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 08:05:24 AM

@8: Aint there a shout for that? Vi Ag Roh!

Comment #15 by Th3D00mV1ru5
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 09:31:47 AM

Kid: Daddy, i want an allowance
Dadvakiin: KK, here you go squirt.
Kid: 1 gold.... YOU HATE ME!!!!!!

Comment #16 by Proper Ryan
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 12:08:16 PM

i wonder if there will be a limit to how many children you can adopt?

Comment #17 by Ninjamonkey6493
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 05:00:08 PM

I shall teach them to sing & dance on the streets of Solitude for gold, then take said gold for myself!

*evil laugh*

Comment #18 by GaryYEAH
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 05:38:31 PM

I'll adopt the child and then revert to a previous save. I don't want some whiny little brat getting in the way of my Fus-Ro-Dah-ing :P.


Comment #19 by Restricted-Access
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 07:45:47 PM

Seriously! The last thing I need in a game, is something that puts a drain on my fortune, or requires me to go to parent-teacher night at the Bard's College!!

Where's the other achievement... "Sacrificed your own child as bait to catch a dragon!"

Comment #21 by el_pieablo
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 02:27:08 AM

Go away COD fanboy ^

Comment #22 by Darc Apocalypse
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 06:21:14 AM

1. Build House with tower on mountain
2. Adopt a child
3. Fus Ro Dah child off of tower
4. ????

It's a shame it isn't GFWL on PC, I'll get the DLC, but no achievements for me until Skyrim hits the bargain bins.. not dishing out full price for the same game twice :)

Comment #23 by Fridgeater
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 10:15:34 AM


If you don't like the game why the hell are you looking at this achievement list? Go away pillock.
And MW3 is dull, I have no interest in playing it.


knowing elder scrolls this will end up being some big quest. lol

Comment #24 by mitcho2013
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 11:57:42 AM

GTFO COD Fanboy/Troll. And how dare you say that MW3 is better than Skyrim! Skyrim is 500x better than MW3. Skyrim isn't a game that is the copy of a game made 5 years ago! And atleast Skyrim's DLC isn't overpriced. I mean c'mon, 4 maps for $15? That's pretty overpriced.

Comment #25 by Gamingnonstop
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 01:19:33 PM

@18 same I don't want to be looking after a kid when I'm slaying
Things and exploring bt I'll be building a massive house and loading most of my
Belongings into it

Comment #26 by needtoboost
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 01:35:24 PM


Comment #27 by CraySongz
Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 01:54:28 PM

Where do u get it

Comment #28 by aclover
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 01:19:31 AM


Comment #29 by Aqua18
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 08:03:32 AM

Can you do this before you build a house, and where can you adopt one?

Comment #30 by Neme6ben
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 09:06:49 AM

you can't do this before building an house, you even have to furnish the house before adopting a children, so that the child has a room!

Comment #31 by DragonBikerNick
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 09:55:13 AM

u can adopt before u build a house. if u own a house in a town u can buy furnishings for a child bedroom. then u can adopt. only 2 children can be adopted at a time

Comment #32 by needtoboost
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 10:06:37 AM

Disappointing dlc to say the least.

Comment #33 by SIMPLYMIDGET
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 01:04:02 PM

Awesome dlc so say the most.

Comment #34 by Kagean30
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 03:08:10 PM

I'm ok with this as long as its only 5$, hopefully they'll come out with another big one like Dawnguard

Comment #35 by SoaponaRope
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 04:53:06 PM

Not to sound like a heartless bastard but can you get rid of the kid after you get the achievement??? I don't really have interest in playing Skyrim as Angelina Jolie...

Comment #36 by xUnseenx
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 09:39:19 PM

Go to Riften and talk with the manager of the Orphanage, once you talk to the kids and tell them you want to adopt them, the achievo will pop.

Comment #37 by RandyRelentless
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 04:28:07 AM

Or you can adopt the girl in Whiterun. She's sitting on the bench begging for gold.

Comment #38 by TheMopHead
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 09:27:42 AM

I might have to get this now..hmm, I wonder when they'll be reduced.

Comment #39 by AFX Acid
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 06:44:24 PM

@ #32... it's $5, kinda hard to get too upset.

Comment #40 by Adeodattus
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 09:26:07 AM

I already have a childs bed in lake view manor. But when I adopt lucia, the dialogue says -I have a house but dont have a room. Did i get bugged on this one? Pls help Thanks!

Comment #41 by Dabbs
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 02:39:03 PM

@#40 You need a Childs chest for every childs bed.I had the same problem yesterday.

Comment #42 by alex182
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 04:23:52 PM

I have all the requirements from what I can tell yet I can't get any dialogue from the woman at the orphanage, she just says I need a house blah blah blah. I haven't built all 3 wings yet but I figured that shouldn't matter? Anyone know of a fix? Cheers

Comment #43 by comrad john 117
Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 11:52:59 AM

Do you need to be married to adopt? Because I killed my wife a long time ago.

Comment #44 by Vectorman953
Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 04:33:11 PM

I can verify that in order to adopt you must build TWO childrens beds (with chests too) in order to have the orphanage woman continue the conversation.

Comment #45 by KimikoAmaya
Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 11:07:12 PM

I built two single beds and a double and I was able to adopt two children no prob. I just told her I was the Dragonborn and she handed over the kids. I did buy a child's doll and practice mannequin prior.

Comment #46 by macktheknife
Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 11:16:40 AM

They are getting an arrow to the skull as soon as the chivo pops

Comment #47 by GentlemanJack40
Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 10:12:35 PM

Is it possible to move your child to another home? I have my wife in my home in Solitude but my kid in my home in Whiterun.... Any suggestions? Thanks.

Comment #48 by Lord Atheos
Sunday, September 09, 2012 @ 12:30:21 AM

I want to adopt a baby Khajiit!

Comment #49 by nnnaaa
Sunday, September 09, 2012 @ 06:10:29 PM

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Comment #50 by Jaws as Crowns
Monday, September 10, 2012 @ 07:19:41 PM

Is there a specific house you must furnish. I have everything ready at the north most house but the bitch still won't let me adopt.

Comment #51 by Jezz489
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 07:32:12 AM

Guys all you have to do is build a house with the atleast just the bedroom wing. After you do that go inside and build at least 2 beds and 2 chests then go to the Orphanage in Riften and talk to the person you get kids off and she will let you buy one, you should then get the achievement.
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Comment #52 by EX Fallen Angel
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 10:34:22 PM

After looking at these achievements etc. IS the DLC even worth getting. Like, I'm not that interested in adopting a child. That completely skips the fun part and leaves you with the hard part.

Comment #53 by shinobigarth
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:05:45 PM

i built them a room, put 2 beds in it and went to the orphanage with no luck, only to find you have to have a child's chest too. WTF do kids need a chest for! i gave them a bed and a roof over their head, sheesh!

Comment #54 by videogamenerd22
Thursday, February 21, 2013 @ 11:57:35 AM

At first, I didn't realize that this was for the DLC.

Comment #55 by Gamerkid24315
Monday, July 18, 2016 @ 06:32:12 AM

Easiest way to do this:
Buy Breezehome in Whiterun (after becoming thane) for 5000 gold.
Pay for a child bedroom.
Head to the Gildergreen opposite Jorrvaskr
Speak to Lucia
Give her a gold piece
Ask where her parents are
Adopt her
Head home
When she speaks to you, the achievement pops up.

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US November 11, 2011

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