Types of adoption

We recruit adopters who live across the North West, North East, Yorkshire, Stoke & Staffordshire, part of Wales.  We recruit, assess and prepare prospective adopters and following approval, work with Local Authorities from across the UK to place children with them. We also offer  support services to our families from assessment to approval and for as long as you need it. This is all we do – we are a dedicated adoption agency and our work is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

We offer the below types of adoption, which include:

Domestic or ‘Traditional’ Adoption 

Domestic or traditional adoption of a child or children within the UK and the process is covered in detail in our process page here and fully in our information guide which is available to download here.  Children will usually be placed with foster carers before moving on to adoption and their care plan for adoption will have been decided by professionals working with them and the courts.

Early permanence

This route to adoption seeks to reduce the number of moves a child experiences, so they are able to achieve permanence at the earliest possible point.

Early permanence placements are achieved through concurrent planning or through fostering to adopt. In both of these, families or individuals are approved to both foster and adopt and children are placed with them at the earliest possible point, often as young baby. For either type of early permanence placement, social workers believe the likelihood of adoption is high. Fostering to adopt usually means that most assessments have taken place and the child’s plan is for adoption, but the placement order has not yet been issued by the family court. In this case, it is likely there will still be contact until the placement order is granted, and there is also a chance that other birth family members may be identified as potential carers for the child, so further assessments could be needed.  At Adoption Matters we place very few children through fostering to adopt but we do support any families who wish to consider it.

Adopting with Concurrent Planning

This service is for babies and young children who are enter care and are likely to need adoption, but who also still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family. Carers will initially perform the role of foster carer while the courts decide whether or not a child can return to its birth family. During this time the child will need to see their birth family regularly and carers will need to support the birth family’s efforts to regain the care for their child.

If the courts decide it is in the child’s best interests to return home to birth family, the child will be returned to their care. Concurrent carers will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given the child the best possible start in life by providing care and security from the earliest time in their life and will play at part in helping them settle back into their family.

However, if the courts decide that it is not in the child’s best interests to return home to birth family, the child will remain with their concurrent carer/s and be adopted by them.  This route to adoption enables a child placed for adoption via Concurrent Planning to have very few moves when they enter care and helps form vital attachments in the earliest stages in a child’s life.

Adoption Matters partnered with Caritas Care in 2014 to form the Concurrent Planning Service.  The service is now  one of the largest services of its kind in the UK (placing over 120 babies and young children) and covers the whole of the North West including; Lancashire, Greater Manchester; Cheshire; Wirral and Merseyside areas. We have now placed over 100 children through the service and approved over 100 individuals and families.

Please visit our Adopting with Concurrent Planning Page here

The Concurrent Planning Service also hold regular information evenings that can be found on our event pages here, or you can chat to the team direct by calling 0300 123 1050 or email: info@concurrentplanning.org  

Inter-Country Adoption

Inter-Country or International adoption is a type of adoption in which an individual or couple becomes the legal and permanent parent of a child who is a national of a different country.

Adoption Matters do not offer Inter-Country Adoption assessments.  If you are interested in Inter-Country Adoption, please contact  our colleagues at the Intercountry Adoption Centre on their Advice Line: 0208 447 4753

The Advice Line is open to members of the general public wherever they live if their enquiry is about intercountry adoption. The Advice Line is open every weekday from 10:00am to 1:00pm with call backs made by advisors up until 4:00 pm  You can also visit their website at: http://www.icacentre.org.uk/