Fundraise for us Please help us support more families Nearly 5,000 children were adopted last year across the UK. 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. As a charity, we rely on their generosity of our members and supporters. We urgently want to raise more funds to ensure our services are here for families, whenever they need them: The difference your support can make: £5 enables Adoption UK to respond to a family needing help. £50 pays for a start-up pack for a new community volunteer to provide a warm welcome to local families. £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 £5,000 would pay for a crèche and children’s activities at up to 60 support group meetings. There are many ways you can support our work: To donate online Donate via our website Donate via our JustGiving page Donate by text You can donate securely by phone by texting Text ADOPT 5 to 70085 to donate £5 (or a another amount) Share, Share, Share! Please share our posts on Twitter and Facebook using the hash tag #supportadopters You can also share the link to our official JustGiving page via social media, email, WhatsApp or text message Hold a Coffee 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 work or what we do with your donations please contact our Fundraising Team. In addition: find out about our partnership with PMC click here Thank you for helping us be here for more adoptive families.