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Log in to the Adoption Register database to search and manage your profile


Exchange Days
Events for approved adopters featuring profiles of children waiting for adoption


Adopter led events
Events in which adopters can meet children in an informal setting

What is Adoption Match?

Adoption Match is a complete matching service with a dedicated team looking to work with you to assist in the matching process. Each region has a dedicated Business Partner who will learn in depth about your children and families and work tirelessly to aid you in finding the most appropriate match for them. The team use a number of tools to facilitate their work and will review profiles, conduct intensive dedicated Business Partner led searches of the statutory database, the Adoption Register for England and run Adoption Exchange Days and Adoption Activity Days.

Adoption Match manages the Adoption Register for England, a statutory database of children and adopters, on behalf of the Department for Education. All practitioners and adopters can search the Adoption Register for England for potential matches through a secure database, compliant with our ISO 27001 accreditation.


A profile is an essential aid for Social Workers, Adoption Match Regional Business Partners and others involved in the matching process. It provides a snapshot of the prospective adopters.

A profile should be a minimum of 500 words. It should include:

  • Any specific qualities that the adopters can offer which will assist in matching. For example: skills acquired in a work setting such as working with children with behavioural problems at school or that the couple lead an energetic outside life and would be well suited to a child with lots of energy who likes to be outdoors
  • Strengths and experience: in particular any child care experiences with their own or other children including that within a professional/voluntary capacity, as well as experiences with family and friends
  • Useful information in support of the matching considerations and why certain criteria can be considered
  • Details of support networks
  • Any relevant training undertaken
  • A photograph. Please provide a clear/close up photograph and include any other children in the family in the photograph
  • Pets. Please include details of any pets in the household
  • How much time an adopter can take off work or whether they intend to stay at home permanently
  • Details of home/location
  • The number and age range of children the family wish to consider and any preference with regards to age and gender
  • Details about the ethnicity and religious background of children that could be considered.


A profile provides prospective adopters with their first impressions of a child. Prospective families will rely on the profile and accompanying photograph for their first impression. A profile needs to present a rounded picture of a child.

If the profile is too rosy or too vague it could raise false expectations or create misunderstandings, with families withdrawing when told of the fuller picture. If it is too prescriptive, it might miss the ‘right’ family. Finding the right balance is never easy, but you will be able to talk about the child when families make an enquiry.

Information to include

  • Personality: Description of the child.
  • Interests, hobbies, talents, likes and dislikes: These help describe the child and could match the interests of prospective family members.
  • Child’s development and needs: Relevant details of social, emotional and behavioural development, including any special needs.
  • Health issues: Include details of specific conditions and genetic risks, as well as implications in terms of treatment.
  • Education: Description of child’s current education.

Do’s and don’ts


  • Write in short sentences, with simple language
  • Avoid jargon
  • Use quotes from people who know the child
  • Convey the child’s perspective


  • Include in depth background details
  • Include sensitive information about the child eg abuse, sexualised behaviour, ‘soiling’ or ‘wetting’
  • Include sensitive information about third parties, such as child’s birth parents

Writing about siblings


  • Include a general paragraph, with any shared characteristics and how the children get on
  • Provide a separate paragraph for each child
  • Write about twins in the same order throughout


  • Make comparisons between siblings


Photographs make a direct emotional impact on prospective adopters. The quality of the photograph is really important.

Please supply one photograph per child. Siblings should be photographed together if they are being placed together.

The photograph should be sent as a JPEG (set as ‘RGB’, not ‘CMYK’). Photographs need to be between a minimum of 125KB and a maximum of 10MB in size. Photographs should only show the head and shoulders of the child – that way the image will be much larger and clearer for adopters to see.


  • Always use the highest resolution setting when taking photographs.
  • The photo should be recent – less than six months old for children up to five years, and less than 12 months old for children of five years and above.

Ask yourself:

  • Is the child wearing inappropriate clothing, e.g. in the bath, in only a nappy or in school uniform?
  • Is the child’s face fully visible?
  • Is there a cluttered background?
  • Are there identifiable features, eg a street sign in the background or the child is posing with other people?

Contact us

Adoption Match is a complete matching service with a dedicated team of Regional Business Partners looking to work with you to assist in the matching process.

Contact us on 0345 222 9058 or

Please see the Adoption Register for England page for information about using the database to search for children and families, and the legal requirements for agencies.