FAQs for agencies

What is 'Children Who Wait'?

'Children Who Wait' is Adoption UK's monthly family-finding magazine and online service. It is available to Adoption UK members who are prospective adopters and family-finding social workers and it is via this focussed UK-wide readership that 'Children Who Wait' assists in finding children in care a forever family.

What is 'Children Who Wait' online?

'Children Who Wait' online offers the opportunity for agencies to profile a child or sibling group comprehensively. Profiles can be up to 500 words and can include up to six photographs and a short video clip.

Many agencies use the online service to enhance a magazine profile, although some agencies choose to feature children on the website only.

'Children Who Wait' online offers an easy-to-use, flexible and professional service which is both secure and private.

Is it safe to feature children's profiles online?

We take the security and privacy of the children featured on 'Children Who Wait' online very seriously. Please read our Privacy page.

Access to 'Children Who Wait' online is restricted to full Adoption UK members (who subscribe to 'Children Who Wait') and agencies that are members of Adoption UK. There is an annual subscription fee to be a member of Adoption UK.

Access is via a secure login control screen, which asks for a username and password.

In visiting 'Children Who Wait' online, users agree to abide by our conditions of use. This includes an undertaking not to misuse information, which should only be used by a named/authorised person in a household who is over 21 years of age, and the outcome if this is not adhered to. These run in conjunction with Adoption UK's already strict terms and conditions.

All our staff have been the subject of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. These checks are carried out on a regular basis, every three years, during the time an employee remains working for the charity.

Strict editorial guidelines protect the identity and location of all featured children. These include only using a child's first name, editing out information and/or elements of images which may give clear indications of where a child lives, frequently visits or attends school.

Audio and video clips wherever possible will only feature the child. Any other adults or children shown in a video will only be allowed providing suitable permissions have been obtained.

Access to more information about any of the children who are featured is via direct email/telephone contact with the relevant adoption agency only. 'Children Who Wait' does not act as an intermediary.

The website is hosted on secure servers within the EU.

How does 'Children Who Wait' online help the children who are featured?

'Children Who Wait' online is a fantastic resource for agencies looking for an adoptive family for children in their care as it increases a child's opportunity of finding a loving home. Our online service offers flexibility of content and, thanks to unlimited space on the site, comprehensive details about a child can be given.

This information can include the child's history, health, behaviour, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and any specific requirements dictated by a child's history or the terms of the Placement Order.

How does it work for agencies that feature children?

For agencies, 'Children Who Wait' online is a professional, secure and well-managed website which allows positive promotion of the children waiting to be adopted. Profiles are uploaded monthly and remain online for at least one month, depending on the booking. On occasions profiles may be able to be uploaded at short notice.

If prospective adopters are interested to know more about a child or sibling group, they can click on the 'Request More Information' button on the right-hand side of the child's profile which will open the 'Request More Information' box.

This box is for the prospective adopter to complete including name, email address, telephone number and message detailing any relevant information the social worker may need to know.

Once this form has been completed, clicking on the send request button will send it directly to the child's social worker or placement contact.

How can I maximise the impact of a profile?

The photograph of the child is the first part of the profile a prospective adopter will see. Therefore, it is important that the image submitted is of the best possible quality, does not have a distracting background, and the child/children are looking at the camera.

Try not to make the photograph seasonal e.g. with the child pictured in front of a Christmas tree, or in the snow. It is also important to ensure that identifiable information is not included such as school badges and street names. In addition, do not inadvertently submit inappropriate images including pictures of a child in swimwear or nightwear.

The text needs to paint a realistic picture of the child in a clear and concise way. Profiles are easier to read if written in simple short sentences. It is important that positive aspects of a child's personality are at the beginning of the profile followed by the child's interests. Behavioural and health issues can be included but any information published must not embarrass or humiliate the child later in life as this information may be used in life story work.

The inclusion of a video clip enhances a child's profile and 'brings a child to life'. They are increasingly being used by agencies as they are an effective way of portraying a child. 

How much will it cost?

For our featuring rates and deadline dates, click here.

How to contact the 'Children Who Wait' team

For editorial enquiries about our magazine and online service, please call 01295 752961 or contact us by email.