Why is this important?

The impacts of traumatic experiences in early childhood can last a lifetime. Relationships, learning and health can all be affected. In recent AUK research, 36% of families were experiencing severe difficulties. 64% had experienced violent or aggressive behaviour from their child.

Despite all these challenges, the majority of adopters would encourage others to adopt. These families are remarkably committed and resilient.

And yet most say they face a continual struggle to get the support they need. That’s just not fair.

Whether that’s specialist therapeutic help, support in school or peer support from other more experienced adopters, we owe it to these families to get them the right support at the right time, every time.

What can you do?

Take part in our 2021 Adoption Barometer Survey:

Take the Adoption Barometer Survey 2021

Read more about AUK’s research into adoption support:

Adoption Barometer Report 2020

 We have a clear set of recommendations for governments, based on our research: 

  • Every adopted child to have a robust therapeutic support plan in place from day one, revised annually
  • Ensure local authorities can always fund the therapeutic support families need, when they need it. 
  • Give all professionals around the adopted child – teachers, social workers, doctors – the right training, so they can give the right therapeutic support.