How can Adoption Match help you to find a child?
Adoption Match is a national service working to pair those children waiting to find a permanent family home with those approved adopters waiting to be matched with children.
Adoption Match manages the Adoption Register for England on behalf of the Department for Education. This is the only statutory register in England. The database allows both social workers and adopters to carry out searches for children or adopters respectively. The Adoption Match team also carries out an intensive search process for children considering approved adopters with dedicated Regional Business Partners, working closely with adoption agencies. The Adoption Match team also run Adoption Exchange Days and assists in running Adoption Activity Days.
Who are the children waiting for adoption?
There are over 3000 children in England waiting to be adopted. They come from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds, and some may have disabilities or special needs. What they all have in common is that they have had unsettled lives. Most have been taken into care.
All adopted children will have suffered loss and separation, even when adopted shortly after birth. They may have been abused or neglected and subsequently develop certain coping mechanisms and behaviour that means they can find it difficult to form relationships.