We are 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.
Our 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.
Our purpose is to give voice to adoptive families and to ensure that the right support is there for them.
New Campaign Campaigns
A Fair Deal for Adoptive Families in ScotlandOur adoptive families are parenting some of Scotland’s most damaged children – a significant proportion of whom are suffering the long-term effects of developmental trauma caused by neglect and/or abuse. Our families are desperate for help. As a matter of urgency, they tell us that they need access to therapeutic services (including therapeutic parenting training and guidance), access to local support groups, and help for their children in schools. We know from the evidence and experience that adoption can be a hugely transformative experience for children and their families. Yet research shows that one in four adoptive families are at risk of breaking down because of the lack of support. The emotional and financial cost of a breakdown - and a child returning to care - is incalculable. Please help us to secure a fair deal for our families in Scotland - and give hope to some of the nation's most vulnerable children. PLEASE NOTE: to support this campaign, you don't need to live in Scotland, and you don't need to have any experience of adoption - you just need to acknowledge that this is a cause worth fighting for!4,856 of 5,000 SignaturesCreated by Adoption UK
Give adopted children an equal chance at schoolAdoption UK's members have contacted us in their thousands to tell us about their children's struggles at school. Almost 70% of adoptive parents say their child's progress is hindered by their poor emotional state at school. Nearly 80% of adopted children say they are routinely confused and worried at school, and two thirds of secondary aged children say they are being bullied at school because they are adopted. And it's not just adopted children who face these challenges - we know that this is the daily reality for up to half the children in every classroom who have had traumatic experiences - from living in care to family breakdown to bereavement. This is bad news for children, for their families, for teachers and for school results. If we re-think the way we’re educating adopted children, we can vastly improve their life chances. And even better: the changes we make can benefit every child in school. We want an equal chance for adopted children at school - and for all children who have suffered traumatic experiences in their early years. Add your name to support the call for an #equal chance. The louder we are, the more likely we will be heard.7,131 of 8,000 SignaturesCreated by Adoption UK
Governments of the UK: Support the children who will struggle most when school returnsSchool can be tough for some children at the best of times – particularly those who are living in poverty, have experienced trauma, spent time in the care system or have additional learning needs. For some of these children, lockdown will have been a welcome respite from the challenges of school. For many, home learning has been an uphill battle without the support they would have in school. For most, the pandemic has stirred up strong emotions that are hard to live with, for them and their families. Schools will have their hands full just managing the logistics of a safe school return. We are calling on governments to give schools the funds, guidance and resources they are going to need to support the children who will struggle the most when they go back to formal education. All children deserve an equal chance to settle and thrive once schools re-start.529 of 600 SignaturesCreated by Adoption UK