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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.

Following a Department for Education consultation with users, the Adoption Register regulations have been updated. Adopters using the Adoption Register can now see a child’s first name, a child’s geographical considerations and a child’s health history, including available family health history.
To view these regulations, please click here.