Support us Fundraise Please support our Winter Appeal Nearly 4,000 children were adopted last year. Around three quarters of them will have suffered abuse or neglect in their birth families. Adoption doesn't wipe the slate clean. These children and their adoptive families will need help for a lifetime. Cuts to child services mean that Adoption UK is needed more than ever. For every three calls answered by our helpline staff, two more only reach our answerphone because we just can't meet the increasing demand. We want to reach more families with our Advice and Support Services - from our helplines and local support groups to our online forums. Sometimes people just need to chat to other adopters on our forums or at a family event. Other times parents need expert advice in a crisis, or specialist training. They might need help dealing with violence from a child struggling to trust again, information about how to get more support for their child in school, or strategies for talking to their children about their birth parents. Some families who contact us are literally at breaking point. We urgently want to raise more funds this Christmas to ensure our services are here for families, whenever they need them: The difference your support can make: £5 enables us to answer a call to our helpline£50 covers the start up costs for a new community volunteer £200 ensures our vital online forums stay open 24/7 for one week£1,000 helps us run a local community event or establish a new support group There are many ways you can support our appeal: To donate online Donate via our JustGiving appeal page Donate via our website Sponsor a decoration on our virtual tree To donate by text You can donate securely by phone by: Texting ADPT18 £5 (or another amount) to 70070 Share, Share, Share! Please share our announcements on Twitter and Facebook using the hash tag #supportadopters You can also share the link to our official JustGiving campaign page via social media, email, WattsApp or text message Hold a Mince Pie Morning Why not gather friends, family or colleagues together for a cuppa and some tasty treats? Whether you bake them or fake them, cake sales are the easiest (and tastiest) way to raise funds and awareness. Download a fundraising pack Got your own fundraising idea? Amazing – thank you! Whether you run, walk, go to work in a tiger costume or sit in a bath of beans, we think you're amazing! Download a fundraising pack Know a local business who could help? Maybe your employer would match any funds you raise? Or maybe they'd pledge to make Adoption UK their charity of the year? Download a template support letter For any further queries on our Winter Appeal please contact our Fundraising Team. Thank you for helping us be here for more adoptive families.