Further Information & Sources of Support

There are a number of organisations that offer guidance and support for prospective adopters, adoptive families and professionals:



First4Adoption have information on who can adopt, what to expect from the adoption process, information on the kind of support available for adopters, and a helpful glossary of adoption terms.

Adoption Match

Adoption Match manages the statutory matching service, known as the Adoption Register.


CASA is a national forum representing registered Adoption Support Agencies (ASAs) in the UK, whether individuals or organisations.

Adoption Link

Adoption Link is a live matching system that allows users to share profiles and search directly, helping children to find new parents who can best meet their needs and help them thrive, without delay.


CoramBAAF is an independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption.

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is a charity providing support, awareness and understanding for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.

Adopter champions – Adoption UK

Adoption UK also provides a forum for adopters to get involved and help improve local, regional and national adoption services.

New Family Social

New Family Social are the UK charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adoptive & foster families, and families-to-be.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Transnational and Transracial Adoption Group (TTAG)

TTAG facilitate networking and contact opportunities for adoptees whilst recognising, respecting and valuing each individual’s diverse adoption experience.

National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH)

All local authorities are required to have a virtual school head who work to improve the understanding of (previously) looked after children’s educational needs and ensure they have the most appropriate education provision.

The Adoption Contact Register

Individuals can add themselves to the Adoption Contact Register at the General Register Office, find a birth relative or an adopted person or to indicate that they do not want to be contacted.

Intercountry Adoption Centre

IAC’s mission is to place children from all parts of the world, both in the UK and overseas, in loving families and to work in a fair, transparent and professional manner with all individuals who seek our professional services.

NHS – Adopting or fostering a child in care

The NHS provides information about options available to prospective adopters, and answers questions about the health and wellbeing of adoptive parents and adopted children.