Here to support you

We offer adoption support, advice & training for as long as you need it.

Supporting you

We offer ongoing support and training to our adopters for life and it starts from your very first enquiry with us. Many of our adopters access lots of support during the early stages of placement and then choose to not access support for many years perhaps when their children become teenagers or reach other milestones in their lives. Whilst other families choose ongoing support and training. The level and timing of support is entirely up to you and your family’s own needs, you can take it at your own pace.

The support we offer also extends to your extended family, grandparents, brothers and sisters, your own children etc. as we offer courses and groups that your family and children can attend if they wish. We also have lots of social events and groups for children to attend so they can meet other families who have adopted too, if they want to.  All Adoption Matters families have access to our very own Centre for Adoption Support. The Centre is a unique service supporting adoption and permanency to families, local authorities and education professionals.

As an Adoption Matters adopter you will have access to most of the Centre’s workshops and training, free of charge. This is in addition to the ongoing support you will receive from your own named Adoption Practitioner who will work with you throughout your assessment, family finding, linking and matching processes.  You can view all the events and workshops currently on offer at the Centre by visiting: 

The centre for adoption support

The Centre for Adoption Support is a unique service supporting adoption and permanency to families, local authorities and education professionals.  As an Adoption Matters adopter you will have access to most of the Centre’s workshops and training, free of charge.

We know that learning is an on-going process for all parents and especially for adoptive parents. Our  experienced team will work with you to identify the best support for you whatever stage of the adoption journey you are. Offering a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Theraplay, VIPP-SD (Video Interactive Parenting Programme), VIG (Video Interactive Guidance) and the Nurtured Heart Approach™.

Our experienced multi-disciplinary team works closely with families and professionals to equip them with the necessary knowledge, understanding and strategies needed to support their children at different points along their adoption journey.

The Centre has worked with over 850 families and 150 local authorities (as at Dec 2018). We have also facilitated training into nurseries, schools and colleges with the aim of creating an ‘attachment and trauma aware’ community, enabling children and young people to experience the nurturing environments they
need to develop, grow and achieve.

Our training programme is ever changing to meet the needs and demands of our families and the professionals we work with. Visit our website below for our latest calendar of events.


Adopted adults

We can offer help and support to adopted adults who were adopted through our agency.

If you were adopted through our agency or the below former agency names and institutions:

then we may be able to assist you to provide information on tracing, counselling and reunion services plus other intermediary services and peer support groups.

Tracing birth relatives

Adopted adults over the age of 18 have the legal right to seek information about their origins and may approach an adoption agency for advice.

Accessing birth records

We can give assistance in accessing birth records.

Intermediary Services

We can assist adopted adults again who are connected with our agency, who wish to contact their birth family by acting as the intermediary party. Intermediary Services have now been extended to descendants and other relatives of adopted adults.

Arranging a Reunion

We can offer advice and will assist by supporting people connected with our agency involved in arranging a reunion.  We can provide information for adoptive parents whose adopted children are considering tracing their birth parents.

Other organisations who can help

CoramBAAF offers a comprehensive guide to researching records and making contact with birth and adopted relatives.


Birth parents

We can offer help and support to Birth Parents who are connected through our agency.

If you have connections with Adoption Matters, you can contact us for an informal discussion about specialist support, tracking adopted adults, intermediary services and the Adoption Contact Register. Our caring and experienced counsellors offer the following support:

    • Thinking through your options and potential outcomes.
    • Preparing you emotionally for the search and reunion process.
    • Tracing information from a range of sources.
    • Providing counselling, support and advice to you and your adopted relative.

CoramBAAF also offers a comprehensive online guide to researching records or making contact with birth and adopted relatives.

We deal with many queries from birth relatives connected with our agency searching for adoptees. We understand that this can be an emotional time and all enquiries are handled sensitively by an experienced worker.

We hold the files for:


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