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Adoption Match is a national matching service working to match those children waiting to find permanent homes with those approved adopters waiting to be matched with children.

The team use a number of tools to facilitate their work including Adoption Exchange Days and Adoption Activity Days and have vast experience in the matching process.

Following a pilot, we are delighted to inform you that direct access to the Adoption Register for England is now possible for all adopters. Practitioners and pilot agency adopters have been directly accessing the online Register since autumn 2016 to add profiles and carry out their own searches… the searching can now be carried out directly by all adopters!

Adoption Match manages the national statutory database of children and adopters, the Adoption Register for England, on behalf of the Department for Education.

The Adoption Register is the statutory register of children and approved adopters waiting to be matched. All children approved for adoption must be referred to the Register no later than 90 days after approval (ideally sooner) unless a serious link is being considered.

Agencies can refer adopters to the Adoption Register as soon as they have been approved by the agency. Adopters can decide that they do not wish to be referred to the Register, but this will reduce the opportunity for them to be matched with a child who is right for them. Adopters can also self-refer.

Agencies must refer approved prospective adopters (with their consent) to the Adoption Register within three months of approval if no match with an identified child is being actively pursued.

We will be contacting all our practitioners and adopters to create their unique user logon.

All practitioners can search the Adoption Register for potential matches through a secure database, compliant with our ISO27001 accreditation. If you have not yet received your login details, please contact our team on 0345 222 9015 or mail@adoptionmatch.org.uk. Select the Professional button below for more information or use the login tab to access the Register.

If you are interested in finding out more general information about adoption, visit the website of the national information service, First4Adoption.