supporting the adoption & looked-after communities

Useful Links

UK adoption and fostering organisations

Adoption Information Line ~ provides advice and information to the general public
Adoption Interlink UK ~ an information and contact site for all members of the adoption circle
Adoption Ireland Egroup ~ an e-mail group for those with an Irish connection
Adoption Routes ~ a specialist Voluntary Adoption Agency with a Northern Ireland base for service provision ~ main aim is to find families for children who are no longer able to live with their birth families
Adoption~Net ~ provides information for anyone thinking about adopting or fostering or currently going through the process of becoming an adoptive parent or foster carer
Adopters Scotland ~ an information site written by two adopters
Adoption UK ~ a self help organization for adoptive parents and prospective adopters
Barnardos National Office ~ works directly with children and families across Ireland, who struggle with a range of issues, helping children to make the most of their lives, regardless of what they're up against
British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) ~ membership association which promotes the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services in social work, health, legal and other professional bodies on behalf of children separated from their birth families Directgov ~ adoption and fostering information
Family Care Society ~ a Voluntary Adoption Agency working throughout Northern Ireland
Fostering Network (previously called the National Foster Care Association)
Fostering Information Line ~ provides information and advice to members of the public
Foster Talk ~ providing professional support, advice and preferential pricing arrangements to foster carers nationwide
Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) ~ is a review process, with a panel, which prospective adopters can use when they have been told that their adoption agency does not propose to approve them as suitable to adopt a child
Jargon c.a.f.t ~ award winning Jargon is a fun way to communicate the complex task of fostering to the sons and daughters of new and existing carers, Looked After Children and others
New family social ~ a group for lesbian and gay adopters, and those taking their first steps towards adoption
Next Steps ~ an independent counselling support service to birth parents, and other relatives, whose children are going to be placed or have already been placed for adoption

Finding adoption and fostering agencies

BAAF's database of adoption & fostering agencies - search by name or geographical area

Finding a qualified counsellor

Counselling Directory ~ lists only those counsellors and psychotherapists who are registered with a recognised professional body or those who have sent us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover

Samaritans ~  available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

Finding a community information/support organisation

Community Change
Confederation of community groups
NICVA

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