Specialist Therapy, Advice, Support, Counselling and Training for all affected by Adoption and Permanency.


Shaping policy and services that support single parents since 1918. guide to child adoption

UK Government guide to adoption, including links to other relevant Government resources and services.

NHS Choices - adoption and fostering

The NHS guide to the health, well-being and support available to adoptive families.

A large US-based internet resource on adoption and adopting.


A dedicated information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. If you have a question about your suitability to apply to be an adoptive parent, or if you want to know where to begin the adoption process, call our friendly trained advisers who will be able to give you the information that you need. We can also put you in touch with adoption agencies in your area.

First4Adoption is run by the charities Coram, Coram Children's Legal Centre and Adoption UK. It is funded and supported by the Department for Education. For the adoption information line call 0300 222 0022, open from 10am-6pm, Monday - Friday. All calls to our service are confidential. This service is provided in England only.

The Fostering Network

Membership charity that provides information and resources, impartial advice, training and conference events for foster carers and fostering services across the UK. Also campaigns about issues related to fostering.

PAFCA (Parenting Advice for Foster Carers & Adopters)

Parenting Advice for Foster Carers and Adopters (PAFCA) joins together the expertise of foster carers and adopters with that of professionals to improve the emotional well-being, behaviour and mental health of adopted and fostered children.

Hadley Centre for Adoption & Foster Care Studies

Aims to promote best practice by linking research, practice and training in order to provide children whose own parents are not able to care for them consistently or predictably with stability and permanence.

Fundraising for Adoption UK at

The Justgiving website is a quick and simple way for you to set up your own fundraising page so friends adnd relatives can sponsor you online, to help Adoption UK support more adopters and prospective adopters.

Cruse Bereavement Care

Aims to help anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss, providing support, information, advice, education and training.

Counselling Directory

Connecting you with professional support.
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Adoption Register for England and Wales

Stores details of children awaiting adoption, whose own agency has not been able to find the right adoptive family, and details of approved adopters awaiting a placement whose agency has not been able to match them with appropriate children. Register staff use the information to see whether they can suggest possible 'matches' between children and prospective adopters.

Independent Review Mechanism (Adoption and Fostering)

Provides adoption applicants in England with the option of applying to an independent body to review the adoption agency's determination not to approve them as adopters or to withdraw their approval.