Adoption Matters is rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ since 2008. We are the ONLY adoption service in the UK to achieve 5 Ofsted Outstanding ratings consecutively.
We are an independent organisation, our priority is to find stable and loving homes for children through adoption and early permanence and offer ongoing support to our families and adopted adults. That is all we do and we have been doing it for over 76 years.
With our age comes experience and we also are at the forefront of innovation in adoption and early permanence practice. Our independence allows us to implement new practices and respond to children and families’ needs quickly.
As a voluntary adoption agency, Adoption Matters works in partnership with local authorities and regional adoption agencies across the whole of the UK to find families for children in care who are unable to stay with their birth relatives.
We do not have children ‘in our care’ but this allows us to offer our families a much wider ‘pool’ of children that our teams work with to look for the very best match for both them and for our families. If we feel that a link with a child is not right for everyone involved, we will not endorse it. We have a very low adoption disruption rate and our adopters feel ‘exceptionally well supported’.
Our teams are all permanent members of staff and we have very low staff turnover. Some of our colleagues have celebrated 20, 30 and 40 years service in the last few years. This stability in our workforce allows our families to build strong, ongoing relationships throughout their journey with us. At Adoption Matters, we refer to our colleagues as our ‘work family’ and despite considerable growth over the last few years, we haven’t lost the friendly team ethos of helping each other when needed. We have a staff well-being charter and a number of trained Mental Health First Aiders across the organisation.