Adoption UK is the leading charity providing support, awareness and understanding for those parenting or supporting children who cannot live with their birth parents.
Over 11,000 members provide a strong, supportive community and the largest voice of adopters in the UK.
– they are a community, always here for each other
– to make a difference
– they believe all children can enjoy positive futures
– they use their knowledge and empathy
– they are transparent and accessible
Their vision is a world where all children and young people unable to live with their birth parents can find security and happiness with permanent families who have the right support to build brighter futures.
...is to give voice to adoptive families and to ensure that the right support is there for them
In pursuit of their purpose they have a three part mission
Registered Adoption Support Agency (Service no. SC066957).
They provide the highest level of service, support and education.
They campaign for change at the highest policy levels.
In pursuit of their purpose :
Provide peer to peer support
through online information, message boards, helpline and different levels of individual support, depending on need. All those providing this support communicate from their lived experience of adoption and/or professional expertise.
Influence decision makers
through the knowledge and experience of the members and the wider adoption and long-term fostering communities. They carry out research, develop case studies and contribute to empirical evidence of what it is like to be an adopter or long-term carer of a child who is unable to live with their birth family in the 21st century.
Provide training and publications
that set out to inform adopters, carers and professionals alike of the neurological and psychological effects of early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties. Adoption UK helps parents and carers to transform the lives of children, so that they can better overcome and come to terms with what has happened in their lives.