Adoption Resources

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) BAAF works with everyone involved with fostering and adoption across the UK. Their activities include:

  • Family finding via their monthly newsletter
  • Running the Adoption Register
  • Producing publications
  • Training, conferences and consultancy
  • Campaigning
  • Advice
  • Independent Reviewing Mechanism (IRM).

The Adoption Register for England and Wales is operated by BAAF on behalf of the Department of Children, Schools and Families and the National Assembly for Wales. The Register has a database of details of children awaiting adoption and details of approved adopters. Government information on adoption This website gives a lot of information for the public about adoption such as: what is adoption

  • the adoption process
  • adoption leave and pay
  • step parent adoption
  • inter-country adoption.
  • There is also a link to the Adoption Contact Register which exists to put adopted peopled and their birth relatives in touch with each other.

Inter-country Adoption

Nugent Care Nugent Care can provide information, advice and counselling to anyone who wishes to find out more about inter-country adoption and can also carry out the required assessment. Tel: 0151 261 2000 Home Office

Other Voluntary Organisations

Adoption Matters Northwest Adoption Matters is a specialist voluntary adoption agency. Its aim is to find families for children who, for one reason or another, are no longer able to live with their birth families. Tel: 01244 390938 Email: Adoption UK Adoption UK is an organisation which supports adoptive families before, during and after adoption. Tel: 01295 752240 or Helpline: 0844 848 7900

Other useful websites

Adoption Search Reunion This is a website which gives information to anyone thinking about searching for or making contact with birth and adopted relatives or researching an adoption that took place in the UK. Information for birth mothers and adoptive parents

Adults Affected by Adoption (AAA-NORCAP) This is a national organisation focussed on supporting adults affected by adoption. Its services are available to adopted adults, birth relatives and adoptive family members. Tel: 01865 875000

Natural Parents’ Network(NPN) Natural Parents Network is a self help organisation for ‘parents and relatives who have lost children to adoption’. It aims to offer non-judgmental, confidential and independent support to people who share similar experiences. Helpline: 0845 4565031 Email:

Talk Adoption Talk Adoption is a national, free and confidential helpline for anyone under 26 who wants to talk about anything to do with adoption. Helpline: 0808 808 1234 Email: .

Family Rights Group The Family Rights Group supports children and families involved with social services by advising families and working with service users, practitioners, researchers and policy makers. FRG works in England and Wales and was established as a charity in 1974. Tel: 0207 923 2628 Advice line: 0800 731 1696 (open Mon – Fri 1.30pm – 3.30pm) Email: