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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 terms and conditions of use.
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 and enquiries are not filtered or progressed by the Children Who Wait team.
The website is hosted on secure servers within the EU.
Children Who Wait online offers agencies the space for detailed information about children for which they are family finding, allowing a comprehensive profile to be written including information about the child's history, health, behaviour, hobbies and their likes and dislikes.
It is a valuable service for an adoption agency to use in that it helps to increase the number of placements of children waiting to be adopted.
Agencies see Children Who Wait online as being a flexible and easy-to-use service that is both secure and private. They receive enquiries directly from the online enquiry form via email.
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 focused UK-wide readership that Children Who Wait assists in finding children in care a forever family.
Children Who Wait online offers an easy-to-use flexible and professional service which is both secure and private. Prospective adopters can enquire about children featured via an online enquiry form, which is submitted directly to the child's social worker/agency.
The key objectives of Children Who Wait are to:
Adoption UK provides information and guidance at all stages of the adoption process. We believe that peer support and the exchange of knowledge and experiences between adoptive parents is a crucial part of adoption support.
Adoption UK's helpline staff are trained to offer advice and give information. If you would like to speak to one of our helpline advisors please call
England - 07904 793974 & 07539 733079 (Monday to Thursday 10am - 2.30pm and Friday 10am - 12pm (excluding bank holidays)
Wales - 02920 230319 (Monday - Friday, 10am - 2.30pm)
Scotland - 0131 322 8500 (Monday - Friday, 10am - 2.30pm)
Northern Ireland - 028 9077 5211 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)
There is also another organisation which has been set up by the Department for Education called First4Adoption. It provides an information line and can help you find out about the process of adopting in England (not Wales and Northern Ireland). Email: www.first4adoption.org.uk Tel: 0300 222 0022.
Once you have emailed your details via the Request More Information button, give the social worker time to respond. Remember, social workers may have many enquiries that they will need to follow up to find the best match for the child they are family finding for.
Please be patient, but if you do not receive a response from the social worker, contact them again by email or telephone them or their agency directly. Contact details for the social worker can be requested by contacting the Children Who Wait Family Finding Team - full contact details are featured in Children Who Wait magazine. Alternatively you could find the agency's telephone number on the internet.
Children Who Wait Family Finding Team: [email protected] or 01295 752961.
If you think you would be a suitable match for a child or children featured on Children Who Wait online, you can send an email direct to the team using the 'Request More information' button on the right-hand side of the relevant profile. Please be sure to give some details about yourself to assist the family finder in assessing suitable prospective adoptive parents.
Bear in mind that the social worker could receive a number of enquiries relating to a particular child or sibling group - so ensure that you provide a 'snapshot' of your family which allows them to consider how this may work for the child. By including your social worker's contact details in the enquiry, the child's agency will be able to make contact to discuss your circumstances in more detail.
Alternatively, you can request contact details for the agency/social worker for any of the children featured by contacting the Children Who Wait Family Finding Team and quoting the child's reference number (or name and date of birth) as printed within their profile in Children Who Wait magazine.
For prospective adopters, Children Who Wait online is easy to use, search and navigate around.
On the Children Who Wait online home page is a search function titled Profiles.
Use the drop-down menus on this page to narrow the search to look for children who meet a prospective adopter's criteria. The results will appear automatically below the drop-down menus showing a thumbnail image of the children who meet the search criteria, together with their name and age.
Clicking on the thumbnail image opens the child's profile page where there is detailed information about the selected child including a description of the child and additional images and video if available.
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.
A form will appear for the prospective adopter to complete including their name, email address, telephone number, social worker contact details and location. There is also a message box allowing prospective adopters to provide any relevant information the child's social worker may need to know.
Once this form has been completed, clicking on the send request button will send it directly the Children Who Wait team who will then send it on to the social worker.
Northern Ireland Development Director
As the director of our service in N.Ireland, EJ is responsible for service delivery and development across N.Ireland. EJ manages a team of skilled and experienced staff members who have personal and professional experience allowing them to offer information, advice and support to adoptive families in N.Ireland.
With a degree in Social Sciences plus a range of community development and adult education & training qualifications, EJ comes from a voluntary sector professional background. Previous roles have involved widening participation & social mobility in higher education at Queens University Belfast, capacity building initiatives in Belfast community projects & developing empowerment programmes for older people across N.Ireland. EJ is committed to enabling the voice of adopters to be raised.
EJ is an adopter and was previously a volunteer with Adoption UK.
Contact EJ [email protected]
Development Director Scotland
As the director of our service in Scotland, Fiona is responsible for service delivery and development across Scotland. Fiona manages a team of skilled and experienced staff members who have personal and professional experience allowing them to offer information, advicee and support to adoptive families in Scotland.
With a degree in Sociology and a qualification in Speech and Language therapy, Fiona comes from a child focussed professional background. Previous roles involved developing and coordinating family support services for children and families affected by disabilities, and working in a residential respite environment. She has a further qualification in Autism, and an interest in therapeutic interventions. Fiona believes that Adoption UK in Scotland offers unique support to families, with a foundation of peer support and shared learning and experiences, and is keen to develop the support services to help meet the needs of families and raise awareness of adoption in Scotland.
Contact Fiona [email protected]
Development Director Wales
Ann is responsible for developing and managing our activities in Wales. As well as overseeing the delivery of services to adopters across Wales, Ann also liaises with the Welsh Government and local authorities, ensuring that the voice of adoptive parents is heard in the new National Adoption Service.
An adoptee and adoptive parent herself, Ann was formerly a secondary school teacher and more recently worked as Director of Communities that Care in Wales. She has a Masters degree in early childhood studies and has done research into the support needs of adoptive parents during the first year of placement.
Contact Ann [email protected]
Director of Public Affairs
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Contact Alison [email protected]