About adoption

There are hundreds of children looking for adoptive parents. Whether you’re young or older, married or single, male or female, gay or straight, renting or a homeowner – you can give a child or children a loving, supportive home.

Many of the children we match with families for adoption have been abused or neglected. Some are angry or confused about what’s happening to them. We need adoptive parents who are kind, supportive, have resilience and understanding, and have lots of love and attention to give.


What is adoption?

Adoption is the process where all the rights and responsibilities of a parent for a child are transferred from the birth family to the adoptive family. This means that once the adoption process has completed, an adopted child is legally a full member of your family.

People who have adopted with us have done so for lots of different reasons. Some have not been able to have children of their own but still feel that they would like to bring up a child, others are LGBT and choose adoption as a way to have children. Some are older, and may have had children already but feel they could give another child a loving home.

Our Statement of Purpose

Call us on 0845 355 5533

For an informal chat with one of our friendly team. Open from Monday to Friday 9.30 - 4.30


Join an information event

Are you considering adopting? Sign up for one of our virtual information events. 

You will meet members of our team, learn about adoption at Action for Children, and have a chance to ask plenty of questions.

We're running events on the following dates: 

  • Tuesday 16 June, 7-8 pm
  • Thursday 9 July, 12-1 pm
  • Tuesday 28 July, 7-8 pm

Sign up for an adoption webinar


Why adopt through us?

We specialise in finding adoptive families for children who would typically miss out on the chance to be adopted. Many of the children we match with families for adoption have had a difficult start in life. They may have been neglected, abused, or have an illness or disability. Because of their backgrounds, they’re sometimes angry, scared or confused about what’s happening to them. They might not have learned to trust adults and form emotional relationships. They need a lot of patience and understanding from their adoptive families to adjust to family life and start to thrive.

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