As part of our aim to improve lifelong support for people who have been adopted, we are building an online directory which lists organisations and individuals who provide support and services to adoptees living in the UK.  We know that there are lots of resources based in the USA but the adoption system there is very different, and we feel it is important to increase support for people adopted in the UK.

Over time we aim to further develop this resource. We welcome submissions at any time from organisations or individuals about any groups or services not currently listed. If you wish to add your service or a service you have accessed to the directory:

Please complete this short form 


This directory is free to access and share. The information provided about individual organisations has not been checked or verified by Adoption UK and by listing we are not recommending or endorsing any individual service. If you have any questions or comments about this directory please contact [email protected]

Helpline

Adopted Adults are always welcome to call the Adoption UK helpline and speak to one of our advisors. In 2022 we will be providing additional training for helpline advisors so that they can feel more confident about answering questions from adopted adults and we are interested in recruiting helpline volunteers who have direct lived experience of adoption to help us answer the helpline.

Access the Helpline

Peer Support Groups for Adoptees provided by Adoption UK

Adoption UK hosts support groups for adoptees where they can meet in a safe space online or face to face and share experiences and feelings about adoption. There are currently 3 groups meeting regularly across the UK. Each is facilitated by a volunteer adoptee who is trained and supported by Adoption UK.

Our support groups for adoptive parents are part of our membership offer. During 2022 we will be developing a membership offer aimed specifically at adopted adults but that is still a work in progress. At this time adoptees are very welcome to join our peer support groups without becoming members of Adoption UK.

To find out more please use the links below to make contact with the group coordinators:

  • Wales  
    This group runs monthly, usually on the first Wednesday of the month and is facilitated by Ans. 

  • Scotland
    To register to join the meetings of the Adopted Adults network use this link. The network meets online on Monday evenings every other week and is facilitated by Julian.

  • England
    Click to register for the next meeting of this group which meets monthly on Tuesdays (usually the second Tuesday of the month). The group is facilitated by Mike.

Other organisations for adoptees in the UK

  • PAC- UK
    Offers a specialist support service in England for adults adopted as children and for adults otherwise permanently placed as children.

  • Adoptee Futures
    Adoptee Futures is the first UK adoption organisation made by adopted people, aimed at everyone involved in adoption with adoptees at the centre. Adoptee Futures aims to help create a better future for adoption by reclaiming the adoption narrative, reframing the world's view on adoption, and helping adult adoptees heal through their trauma to evolve into the best versions of themselves. Adoptee Futures is a registered mental health CIC and provides various training, workshops, support groups, coaching, and events.

  • How to Be Adopted
    How To Be Adopted is a UK-based organisation run by and for adopted people. Started as a blog in 2017 it has grown into a large community. Through face-to-face and virtual meet-ups and retreats, adoptees can connect and share with one another, improving their wellbeing and sense of belonging. How To Be Adopted also works on a national level to influence UK adoption policy specifically around the provision of support for adult adoptees. Join the mailing list or follow on social today!

  • Counselling and Therapy focused on adoption.
    There are currently very few support services which do not assume that adopted adults will be wanting to search for their birth relatives.  However, we know that adopted people also need other forms of support including counselling and therapy to help them cope with the strong emotions which may come with being adopted

    In December 2010, amendments were made to the Adoption and Children Act 2002 to ensure that individuals affected by adoption in England and Wales are provided with support and services from practitioners who hold the proper qualifications and experience. The impact of this amendment has been that many counsellors and therapists feel they would be in breach of that law if they work with adoptees around adoption.  Consequently, there are very few opportunities for adoptees to get support in this way.  

    Adoption UK and others are campaigning to get this legislation changed but it may take some time. 

  • Barnardo’s LINK Adoption and Family Support Service
    Barnardo’s provides therapeutic services to anyone affected by adoption. This includes adopted adults. Barnardo’s offers a modular training service designed to provide sufficient learning to enable therapists to undertake adoption support therapy. Once trained, therapists will still need to register with OFSTED in England or CIW in Wales or with an Adoption Support Agency (ASA) to undertake any adoption therapy. Barnardo’s also hold a register of the therapists who have undertaken this training.

  • Services which focus on accessing birth information
    Most Adoption Agencies across the UK will provide some sort of service for adopted adults who were adopted through their agency.  This varies from a very basic service to enable adoptees to access their birth records, to a complete post adoption service including locating birth relatives, counselling, reunion services and support.   It varies widely and it isn’t possible to link all of them here.   If you know the agency who handled your adoption you can google their website and ask them what support they are able to offer.

  • General Registry Office (GRO)
    The GRO is part of Her Majesty’s Passport Office. It oversees civil registration in England and Wales and holds all the birth records for people born in England and Wales. It is possible to access your birth records (original birth certificate) from there if you don’t have it because you were adopted. You need to be over 18 to do this.  

  • Adoption Contact Register for Scotland
    This is a register operated by Birth Links which is a means for those separated by adoption to express a mutual wish to be in touch with each other.

  • FamilyConnect  
    Family Connect helps adults who have been adopted or in care find answers to questions about their origins. Finding out about your background and family members can help you understand inherited health risks, make important life choices and understand more about why you were separated from your birth family. Lots of people aren’t aware of their legal rights when accessing their birth and care records, or what they can expect to receive and how to go about searching for information in the first place.

Support for adoptees who were adopted from another country.

  • Intercountry Adoptee Voices (ICVA)
    Has a mission to educate, support, connect, collaborate, galvanise and give voice to intercountry adoptees from around the world. 

  • CACH (Children adopted from China)
    Was founded in 1995 by a small group of families who had adopted young children from China. Pre-empting the many challenges that both they and their children would face in the coming years, they built a network that would facilitate the support and information that they believed they would need.