Adoption & Fostering

UPDATED 09.10.2018
In this section you can find support for:
Those adopted


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An information service for adopting in England.
Info line: 0300 222 0022 (lines open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm)

Adoption in UK (opens in a new window)
Information from the Government on adoption in UK.

CVAA (opens in a new window)
The Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies, provide information about adoption and specialist adoption services to children and families.

Adoption Register – England in a new window)
Database of children waiting for adoption and details of approved adopters waiting to be matched (managed by Adoption Match)

St David’s Children’s Society (opens in a new window)
Provides locally based adoption services across all of Wales and Herefordshire

New Family Social (opens in a new window)
A network for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families. Offering support when considering adoption or fostering, both throughout the process and once you have adopted or fostered.


Adoption Records (opens in a new window)
The Adoption Contact Register is for anyone adopted or for relatives of anyone adopted who have an interest in finding their family.

After Adoption (opens in a new window)
Providing information and support to anyone connected to an adoption. 
Helpline: 0800 056 8578 (lines open Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday - 9am - 4pm) 

Adoption Search Reunion (opens in a new window)
A BAAF search service for adopted people, birth relatives and adoptive relatives.

Birthlink – Scotland (opens in a new window)
A range of services for anyone in Scotland separated by adoption.


Fosterline (opens in a new window)
Impartial advice and information for those considering fostering and for foster carers. 
Helpline: 0800 040 7675 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

The Fostering Network (opens in a new window)
Information about becoming a foster parent.

Barnardo’s (opens in a new window)
Working with local authorities to provide a broad range of fostering and adoption services, including placements for children with extra needs.

TACT (opens in a new window)
Providing foster families for children and young people in the care of local authorities.
Enquiries: 0330 123 2250 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

Care Visions (opens in a new window)
Independent care agency working to help both those looking to foster a child and the children themselves to find a placement.