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 2,050 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 & Minority Ethnic (BME) 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, in a civil partnership, 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
  • time, 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 2,000 children waiting for adoption, watch these pages for updates on children we are family finding for through our Bespoke Family Finding Service.

Fostering for Adoption

Fostering for Adoption places a child or children with approved adopters who are also approved as foster carers. During the fostering stage of the placement the courts are deciding what is in the child’s best interests but the local council have already decided that adoption is the right plan.  If the courts decide that adoption is in the child’s best interests, the child then stays with their current fostering for adoption carer who then go on to adopt the child.  Child development research consistently shows that the attachments children form early in their lives are crucial to their future development and that disrupting these attachments, particularly early in life, should be avoided. Therefore Fostering for Adoption is a better option for the child as they have fewer moves and carers in their early lives.

What is the difference between Fostering for Adoption and Concurrent Planning?

We also offer a concurrent planning service for young children who are likely to need adoption but whom still have a chance of being reunited with birth family. See:  The main difference between the two is that in Concurrent Planning neither the court nor the local council have yet decided what the best plan for the child is, whereas in Fostering for Adoption the local council has decided that the right plan for the child is adoption, but the court is still yet to decide.   As they are very similar, deciding between Concurrent Planning and Fostering for Adoption can be difficult, but we are here to help you understand both options and will explain both to you in full during our home visit to you. For many adopters, neither are the right choice and the traditional adoption route is preferred but we want to give you all options.

Fostering for Adoption does have risks and you will need to work with the uncertainty of a child returning home. Although this is the exception, carers have told us that although it is painful when a child returns home, they have the satisfaction of knowing that they have given a child love and security when they most needed it and helped a family to be reunited. Download our leaflet here for more information: Fostering for Adoption Information Leaflet


Fostering &
adoption working together

By choosing Adoption Matters we can offer a concurrent planning service working in partnership with Caritas Care.  The Concurrent Planning service offers a route to early permanence for babies and very young children whose birth parents have a background known to social work teams meaning the chances of returning home are much lower than other children entering care. The service is the largest of its kind in the country. The team (some pictured below) comprises experienced social workers & contact workers who recruit, prepare & support concurrent carers.

Visit our partnership website at

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.

Inter-Country Adoption

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 10.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. with call backs made by Advisors up until 4.00 p.m.  You can also visit their website at:

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 considered ‘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 West of England, North & North East Wales, parts of Yorkshire & Humber (Leeds, Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Kirklees, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield, York & North Yorkshire) and to the South (Shropshire, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent).  We have offices in Chester, Blackburn, Hale,  Salford, Warrington & Leeds and have staff bases in Wales, Yorkshire and Staffordshire.

Our Concurrent Planning Service covers the whole of the North West, parts of Yorkshire, Stoke, Staffordshire, Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin.

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.

FAQs & Myths Enquire

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.

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