How the Adoption Register works
Referral from your agency
Agencies can refer adopters to the Adoption Register for England as soon as they have been approved by the agency. They usually do this if it seems unlikely that the adopters will be matched quickly with a suitable child in their own region.
Agencies must refer prospective adopters (with their consent) to the Adoption Register for England three months after they have been approved if there is not a match with an identified child being actively pursued.
Adopters can decide that they do not wish to be referred to the Adoption Register for England, but this will reduce the opportunity for them to be matched with a child who is right for them.
Self referral within the pilot
We are currently undertaking a pilot with direct practitioner and adopter access. Find out if your agency is in the pilot
If your agency is a pilot agency all you need to do is complete the self-registration form which will notify your social worker of your request to be referred to the Adoption Register for England and obtain their confirmation that you are an approved adopter. You will then be provided with login details to directly search the Adoption Register for England.
Self referral if not within the pilot
If your agency is a non-pilot agency all you need to do is complete this self-registration form and post it to us at the address given below. Alternatively you can ask your adoption agency for a paper copy to complete.
After we have received your referral form we will contact your agency and ask them to confirm your approval details so that we can include you on the Adoption Register for England. You will then be included in Adoption Register for England searches.
Please post your completed form to:
Adoption Register for England
Pavilion Business Park
Royds Hall Road
Adopter help-line: 0345 222 9058
When a child is referred to the Adoption Register for England we search the database for suitable links with families. Adoption Match Regional Business Partners look closely at possible families and will send details of the most appropriate ones to the child’s social worker. They will also send details of the child to the families’ worker.
The practitioners will then consider the proposed link and exchange further information if they wish to pursue. This may lead to a visit to the prospective adopters and if everyone is happy that this is the right child and the right family then the proposed match will be taken to the child’s agency’s adoption panel.
All practitioners and adopters within pilot agencies will be able to directly search the database for matches. If you are an adopter from a non-pilot agency, do not worry. You will be included in the searches undertaken by our experienced and professional team.