A record year for welcoming adopters and placing children!

11 October 2019
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From January to December 2019 – Adoption Matters placed 107 children with our families.  107 new starts, 107 forever families!

In September 2019, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and presented our achievement report for the financial year covering April 2018 to March 2019.  The full achievement report is available to download here.


We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our staff, as one of the largest independent adoption agencies in the country, as this year, we approved more families and placed more children than ever before, welcoming 86 new families and placing 82 children for adoption.   Our biggest year in our 72 year history to date!


Of the children we placed with adoptive families in 2018-19:

  • 66% were under 2 years old
  • 24% were aged 3 to 5 years old
  • 10% were aged 6 to 8 years old
  • 39% were part of a sibling group of 2 or more


Other statistics we presented at our AGM included:


  • Over 150 people attended one of our adoption information events held across the country
  • We visited 191 prospective adopters in their homes to talk about adoption
  • 69 adoption orders were granted to our families


We are often asked how long do families wait once they are approved to adopt.  We have to stress that every family and child/ren who are placed for adoption are different and our experienced team of practitioners work hard to ensure we match the right family to meet a child or children’s needs and this cannot be driven by any timescales. We can report our ‘waiting’ statistics for the year 2018-19 are as follows:


73% of our adopters were linked with child/ren under 4 months from date of approval (includes 35% under 2 months)


56% of our adopters were matched with children under 6 months from date of approval with the average time from date of approval to matching with a child or children for all families was 7 months


Support offered:

From April 2018 to March 2019 Adoption Matters also provided therapeutic support to over 500 families and worked with over 60 schools. Over 450 people have attended our training programmes and workshops.


To find out more about adopting with us, complete our enquiry form here or contact us Free on 0300 123 1066.