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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. 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 for England is accessible to all practitioners and adopters who can search the Adoption Register for potential matches through a secure database, compliant with our ISO27001 accreditation. Adopters can self-refer to the Register here. Practitioners who have not yet received login details can 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.

Compliance to refer to the Adoption Register is covered by the statutory guidance from the Department for Education.

‘As well as focusing on future recruitment, we must of course use adopters already in the system as effectively as possible. You will be aware of the requirement to put details of children who are suitable for adoption, but not yet placed on the Adoption Register within 3 months of the adoption decision being made, with the same applying for unmatched adopters. For your information, and in response to a question raised by a number of local authorities, I can confirm that children can be added to the Adoption Register before proceedings are concluded without breaching section 97 of the Children Act 1989.’

Minister Nadhim Zahawi (March 2018)

Further information on how and when to refer children and families can be found here.


The Department for Education has recently published a targeted consultation on the Adoption Register Regulations. The consultation seeks views from users of the Adoption Register, as well as sector organisations, on whether DfE should amend Regulations in order to increase the amount of information an approved prospective adopter is able to view about a child on the Adoption Register.

The DfE have already received some feedback on this and the suggestion is that adopters would like to see more information on the Register as this will enable prospective adopters to make a more informed decision on whether a match is suitable. The Department would like to consult more widely on this to gather views on whether this would be a positive move and to understand whether there are any concerns or risks associated with providing more information to prospective adopters. The consultation is open until 27 July, and if you would like to contribute your views, you can do so by clicking here.