Why adopt through a VAA?

Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs) have a long history of placing children with adoptive families, with some agencies dating back over 200 years. Each year, VAAs find families for around 1,000 children, including a high percentage of children whose particular needs mean they are considered priority children.

As independent, not-for-profit organisations, VAAs play a unique and important role in the adoption system. VAAs work alongside local authorities to find families for children who are in local authority care and are unable to return to live with their birth families. They recruit, assess and approve the best possible parents and families for children, as well as providing life-long support to adoptive families, birth families and adopted children. This includes the provision of information, counselling and intermediary services.

VAAs deliver an exceptional service with 95% of agencies in England rated as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and 100% of agencies in Scotland rated as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’ by the Care Inspectorate.

VAAs operate across the UK to match children with adopters, with 34 agencies covering every region in England plus Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.