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Adoption Matters is one of the largest voluntary adoption agencies and children’s charities in the UK. Anyone who joins Adoption Matters as a member of staff automatically becomes part of our valued team.  Many staff choose to continue their personal and career development with us and we are proud of our staff retention record, with some staff staying with us for 20, 30 years and above, our longest serving member of staff joined us over 40 years ago.

“After the recruitment process and interview, I really appreciated the level of support I was offered, I was given time to think and offered the opportunity to speak to another worker in a similar role. I felt that I wouldn’t be seen as just another employee added to the payroll, but as an individual, the manager cared about me”.  New member of staff

If you are interested in working for us, please email our HR team with your contact details at: hr@adoptionmatters.org 

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Our values

Honest and fair – We undertake to treat every case fairly on its individual merits and to be honest and realistic in all our communications.
Inclusive – We strive to ensure equality of opportunity, both for our adoptive families and amongst our staff and Trustees regardless of gender, race, religion, culture, heritage, age, disability or sexuality.
Flexible – We aim to continually develop and improve our services and increase engagement with our service users, using their feedback and suggestions to inform future developments.
Ethical – We maintain strong family values and a compassionate, empathetic approach within all the work we do, embracing equally those who have religious beliefs of any denomination and those who do not.
Celebrating difference – We work within a culture of respect and acceptance, treating everyone who engages with the agency fairly, professionally and with respect to people’s right to confidentiality.


What we offer:

  • Members of the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • All new social work staff are allocated a peer mentor who they can talk to and who can support and guide them the agencies processes and procedures
  • Generous Holidays – starting at 24 days a year (pro rata), plus public holidays; and a Long Service Holiday Award of a further 5 days after 5 years’ service (pro rata). Christmas Closure for most of the Agency staff, covered by annual leave.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme offering 24/7 Wellbeing Support
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Flexible working including working at home on occasions/ use of Flexi Time & a Time off in Lieu scheme
  • Team away days, social events & well-being activities (we are currently running chair yoga sessions whilst staff are working at home)
  • Regular training opportunities
  • The latest IT infrastructure, equipment and support

Your development:

  • Secondments
  • Supportive reflection
  • Opportunities for personal growth & development
  • Multidisciplinary initiatives

The opportunity to make a difference, feel valued and achieve the job satisfaction you’ve always wanted. Our staff have been involved in national initiatives such as the national YouCanAdopt recruitment campaign, are members of the national adoption recruitment steering group, the CoramBAAF Black Minority Ethnic Perspectives Advisory Committee to name a few.


What Ofsted say about us:

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted since 2008, our latest report states:

Staff are passionate about their work and committed to providing the best service.

Adopters and children benefit from receiving excellent support services.

Children thrive in stable homes where they make good progress and develop a strong sense of identity.

Leaders and managers are highly visible and provide inspirational leadership.

The agency is involved in innovative research-based practice which influences adoption and adoption support practice

Leaders and managers ensure that new staff benefit from an effective induction into the agency.  Staff report feeling well prepared for this specialist role through good quality training and regular formal and informal supervision.

 * Taken from our latest Ofsted inspection report

What our staff say about us:

“I noticed how much support is offered to your adopters and thought that would bode well as an employee too, I felt that I would be looked after as an individual”.

“The Ofsted rating encouraged me to apply, you don’t get that for no reason”.

“It’s such family atmosphere, we all have the same goals of wanting to help children and families, everyone is so passionate, it’s a great place to work”

Feedback from staff during Covid-19

“Personally I have been blown away by how diligent, professional but also personal the responses has been from management at all levels. Communication has been excellent throughout. The use of IT has reduced the feelings of isolation and enabled us all to get as close to colleagues visually in a safe way. I have also been so impressed by the responses of everyone in the organisation working to keep going in very difficult times.

“I think I am blessed to be part of a lovely organisation where management are supportive and listen to what is being shared. We have the best kind, genuine leadership”.

“Just to thank you for being so flexible and supportive during a very frightening time. I know whatever happens moving forward you will have thought it out thoroughly and we all appreciate that”


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A thank you from Emma, adopted adult

“But it’s for my childhood that I’m most grateful. For the summer holidays and walks to pick blackberries. For learning to swim and play music. And that is because of the wonderful people that you chose to adopt me”. Emma

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