Adoption Matters latest Achievement Report launched

23 September 2022
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On 21 September 2022, Adoption Matters held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and presented our achievement report for the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The full achievement report is available to download here (pdf file) Adoption Matters Achievement Report 2022

We are so proud of the hard work and dedication of our staff, trustees and volunteers who all contribute to our work with children and families. As one of the largest voluntary adoption agencies in the UK, we were delighted to welcome 94 new adopters and we placed 91 children for adoption with our families.


The demand for our support continued to increase throughout the last year as we responded to the prolonged impact of the pandemic upon families.

  • 1120 people enrolled onto one of our 44 webinars offered
  • 136 families received packages of support
  • 54 sensory packages were delivered to 54 families
  • 29 RAMPS (Reducing Anxiety Management Plan) were delivered

Our therapy service worked with 189 families over the year. The work has included assessments and a wide range of therapeutic interventions. These have included Theraplay, DDP, EMDR, VIG, therapeutic parenting, therapeutic life story work and work with schools.

 How long do our adopters wait?

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 social work teams 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 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022 are as follows:

  • 71% of our adopters were linked with child/ren within 4 months of approval (includes 43% linked within 2 months)​
  • 49% of our adopters were matched with children within 6 months of the date of approval. 
  • The average time from date of approval to matching with a child or children for all families was 8 months.