Gov UK 

Becoming a foster parent

Child adoption

Adoption Contact Register

Government fostering information, including links to local councils and fostering Agencies.



Contact:  0300 222 0022 

First4Adoption is the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. We give clear and impartial information about adopting and can put you in touch with adoption agencies in your area.  The service is now provided via licence by Coram.


National Regional Offices

Foster a child

Adopt a child

Barnardo's is a charity which works to help vulnerable children and young people to transform their lives and fulfil their potential.  Barnardo’s is a voluntary adoption agency. We help local authorities place children who might otherwise not find permanent families.  The children we place will come from local authority care and we place children across England and Wales.  We believe that every child has a right to family life.


NCH Action for Children

Contact us 

Foster with us

Adopt with us

If you were previously in our care

We believe that children need families who can help them grow up feeling good about themselves, with knowledge of their own culture, language and religion.  Our projects connect adoptive families from all cultural backgrounds, reflecting the children looking for a new family. We also have specialist projects that focus on finding families for children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.  We can provide information, support and intermediary services if you are an adopted adult or the birth relative of an adopted adult whose adoption was arranged through Action for Children (previously National Children's Home or NCH).  


Coram BAAFSee website for regional 

Adoption Search Reunion

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and 

professionals who work with them.  


TACT (Formerly The Adolescent and Children’s Trust)

Tel: 0330 123 2250 

TACT is the UK’s largest charity and voluntary agency providing fostering.  Our core work involves providing high quality and well supported foster carers for children and young people in the care of local authorities.  “Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.  Our job is to help overcome the prejudice that looked after children suffer and often help heal the damage done that led to them coming into care in the first place. Our foster carers and staff work together to ensure children’s needs are met. 



Helpline:  0800 040 7675 

Fosterline is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by FosterTalk.  Fosterline provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers and those interested in fostering, in order to support them in their role, aid retention and encourage recruitment of foster carers.  Fosterline advisors respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on the Fosterline Interactive Forum, on Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm and every second Wednesday of the month.


Inter-country Adoption Centre

Advice Line:  0208 447 4753

IAC’s mission is to place children from all parts of the world, both in the UK and overseas, in loving families and to work in a fair, transparent and professional manner with all individuals who need our services.


Birthlink Scotland

Tel:  0131 225 6441

The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is a confidential computerised database. The purpose of the Register is to put adopted people and their birth parents.  Birthlink now provides an After Adoption Information Line for anyone with questions about after adoption issues. Service users include adopted adults, birth parents of people adopted as children and their family members, adoptive family members, local authority social workers, voluntary adoption agencies and other professionals.  Our Care Connect service helps adults who were formerly ‘in care’; either growing up in the residential care of a local authority or in a foster family to access information from records. Many of this group have the same issues as adopted adults such as lack of information about their birth parents and family which impacts on their sense of identity.


Adoption UKHelpline:  0300 666 0006

www.adoptionuk.orgAdoption UK is the leading charity providing support, community and advocacy for all those whose lives involve adoption, including those parenting children who cannot live with their birth families, and adopted people. We connect people, provide support and training and campaign for improvements to adoption policy and practice. We provide a strong, supportive community and are the largest voice of adopters in the UK.


New Family Social

Call 020 3880 2683 and follow the prompts.

We're a UK charity, led by LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers. New Family Social exists to help you decide if adoption or fostering is right for you and then support you on your journey to becoming parents and carers.  We also work with agencies to develop their services to be as LGBTQ+ inclusive and friendly as possible.


Info Line: 08000 50 20 20

Adoption and fostering

Parenting Rights

Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.  We do this in a number of different ways: by Carrying out research, developing ideas and policy that remove discrimination and improve the lives of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.  By Challenging the underlying cultural and attitudinal values that allow discrimination to flourish. Changing cultures and attitudes to positively value diversity and providing information because well-informed individuals and institutions are better able to recognise how rights and responsibilities should be exercised.

YouCanAdopt is a national resource and adopter recruitment campaign on behalf of national, regional and voluntary adoption agencies across the UK, that aims to encourage more people to consider adoption. It aims to raise awareness of adoption and bust myths around who is eligibleThe campaign is being delivered by the The National Adoption Recruitment Steering Group and is supported by the Department for Education.


A resource for tracing family information. You can order birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership and death certificates from the General Register Office (GRO) to help you research your family history and family tree.