all about adoption

Every year, there are vulnerable children needing a stable, caring home through adoption. Some wait longer than others. We want to help change that. Could you?


Could you open your home and heart to one of the 2,800+ children waiting for a family?

Our aim is to find families for children of all ages who, for a variety of reasons, are no longer able to live with their birth families.  Working in partnership with local authority adoption teams across the whole of the UK, we have helped thousands of adopters and children find their forever family. We believe ALL children deserve the chance of a loving, permanent home through adoption wherever possible. Many children wait longer for a family if they are over 4 years old, from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) background or have complex needs. Adoption Matters has a successful track record in placing children from a range of backgrounds and the expert ongoing support and training we offer, means our adopters are fully supported.We are looking for people from all kinds of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs who can adopt one or more children and give them something many of us take for granted – security, stability, love and the opportunity to thrive. To adopt with Adoption Matters you can be married, single, divorced, living together or widowed.  What you do need is the willingness and commitment to offer a child or children a loving, caring home in which they can thrive.

You don’t need…

  • special qualifications
  • to own your home
  • have a full time job
  • be in a relationship
  • have children of your own

You do need…

  • understanding
  • acceptance
  • patience
  • a sense of humour
  • energy & commitment

What does the process involve?

We have detailed below our adoption process which is covered in two stages.  The adoption journey starts when you first consider adoption and if it is right for you and your family.

Children Waiting

We work closely with local authority adoption services across the country to find the right match for children, some of which are featured on here our website.  There are currently over 3,100 children waiting for adoption*, watch these pages for updates on children we are family finding for through our Bespoke Family Finding Service.  (*Department for Education statistics December 2019)

Our Adopters Stories

To view our adopter videos visit our video section here.  Our adopters below have shared their real stories about their own personal adoption journey.  Click the below links to read more.

Families of Faith

We welcome families from all communities, married, single, LGBTQ, divorced, people with disabilities, working, unemployed or retired and from any ethnic or religious background or people who have no religious beliefs.

Due to our history and strong links with church communities, we approve many families of faith. Adoption Matters also have a long history of working with families from the Christian community and have partnered with Home for Good to encourage more Christian families and those who attend church to think about growing their family through adoption.

Home for Good is a charity we work in partnership with, who exist to find a home for every child that needs one.  They, and we, believe that the Church is ideally placed to help find homes for children and provide the support to those families who do.  In 2015, we worked with Home for Good and other independent adoption agencies across the country to create the Home for Good pathway to adoption. Recommended by Home for Good and rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Adoption Matters are committed to providing a faith-friendly service and offer ongoing adoption support – for life.

Some of our families of faith have shared their journeys through blogs, take a look: Rain or Shine & A bun from another oven 


Areas we cover

We offer our main adoption services to an area across the whole of the North of England, North Wales, Stoke, Stafford and Shropshire.  Our contact us page has a handy map for you to enter your postcode to see if we cover your area.

Our Concurrent Planning Service covers the whole of the North West.


We deal with each enquiry individually and if you live outside of any of these areas we may be able to assist you if you are interested in a specific child, sibling groups or children with complex needs.

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Info Pack

Simply fill in the below form to receive a no obligation information pack. This is the next step towards finding out if adoption is right for you and your family. If you supply your email address, we will email a pack to you.