Here to support you

We offer adoption support, advice & training for as long as you need it.

Supporting you

As an independent children’s charity and approved voluntary adoption agency, we work with local authorities and other agencies across the whole of the UK. We have a team a team of experienced adoption practitioners whose sole aim and focus is you, our adopters.  We ensure we find the right adopter, for the right child.

By choosing to adopt through Adoption Matters you will gain the additional support, training and guidance from our Centre for Adoption Support,

For more information, contact us on 0300 123 1066 or click enquire to support button below.

The centre for adoption support

By choosing to adopt through Adoption Matters you will gain the additional support, training and guidance from the Centre for Adoption Support, our partnership support service delivered with Caritas Care.

The centre offers additional bespoke support, training and guidance to adopters, their families and their schools based on adopter’s individual needs. Training and support ranges from therapeutic support to activity days for children to adopter led support groups and social events.  The service also offers a bespoke family finding service.

Adopters approved by other agencies can still access the centre’s services by accessing the Adoption Support Fund or applying via their local authority or agency.  Visit www.centreforadoptionsupport.org for further details.

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Therapy and counselling

We offer specialist therapeutic support for both families and children.

We not only offer this service to our own families, but can offer therapeutic support to a broader range of children who may require this service.  The service provides a network of therapists and counsellors which families and social work practitioners can contact if the need arises.

Please contact us on 0300 1230 1066 to discuss your requirements or click the Enquire about support button.

We offer a specialist therapy service for:

  • Adopted Children
  • Looked After Children
  • Children living in Kinship Care
  • Children living with Special Guardians

Adopted adults

People who have been adopted often want to talk about their situation and their feelings.
You can contact us for an informal discussion about specialist support, accessing birth records, tracing birth relatives and the Adoption Contact Register.

If you were adopted from within our region we can provide information on tracing, counselling and reunion services plus other intermediary services and peer support groups.

BAAF also offers a comprehensive online guide to researching records or making contact with birth and adopted relatives.

Tracing birth relatives

Adopted adults over the age of 18 have the legal right to seek information about their origins and may approach an adoption agency for advice.

Accessing birth records

We can give assistance in accessing birth records. We hold the files for:

Intermediary Services

We can assist adopted adults who wish to contact their birth family by acting as the intermediary party.

Intermediary Services have now been extended to descendants and other relatives of adopted adults. Following a consultation earlier this year, the law changed to allow a wider range of relatives of adopted people to access intermediary services.

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2014 have been amended and came into force on 31 October 2014. The changes make provision for a wide category of relatives of an adopted person, including but not limited to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of adopted persons to access intermediary services to assist with tracing and facilitating contact with biological relatives.

Arranging a Reunion

We can offer advice and will assist by supporting people involved in arranging a reunion.

We provide information for adoptive parents whose adopted children are considering tracing their birth parents.

Birth parents

Contact us for an informal discussion about specialist support, tracking adopted adults,
intermediary services and the Adoption Contact Register.

Our caring and experienced counsellors offer the following support:

    • Thinking through your options and potential outcomes.
    • Preparing you emotionally for the search and reunion process.
    • Tracing information from a range of sources.
    • Providing counselling, support and advice to you and your adopted relative.

BAAF also offers a comprehensive online guide to researching records or making contact with birth and adopted relatives.

Tracing an adopted adult

We deal with many queries from birth relatives searching for adoptees. We understand that this can be an emotional time and all enquiries are handled sensitively by an experienced worker.

We hold the files for:

Intermediary Services

We can assist birth relatives who wish to contact an adopted adult by acting as the intermediary party and facilitating contact.

Intermediary Services have now been extended to descendants and other relatives of adopted adults. Following a consultation earlier this year, the law changed to allow a wider range of relatives of adopted people to access intermediary services.

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2014 have been amended and came into force on 31 October 2014. The changes make provision for a wide category of relatives of an adopted person, including but not limited to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of adopted persons to access intermediary services to assist with tracing and facilitating contact with biological relatives.

Arranging a Reunion

We offer advice and support to people before, during and after the reunion process.

Further assistance

We are able to listen if you are in need of help. We do not pretend to have all the answers but we are able to direct you to more specialist post adoption organisations if needed.

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