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Adopt a child

We'll support you every step of the way

Barnardo’s proudly supports the #YouCanAdopt campaign

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You Can Adopt has launched a new campaign highlighting the circle of support available to adopters.

Over half of children (59%) waiting for permanent homes come from certain groups where it takes an average of eight months longer to be adopted. This includes children aged five or over, those with additional and/or complex needs brother and sister groups, and those from Black and mixed heritage backgrounds. 

Find out more about adopting with Barnardo's below, or visit the You Can Adopt website to find out more about the children who wait the longest.

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Siblings should be together. I was fortunate to have been adopted with my twin brother... he was there for me, and I was there for him. 

Arata, adopted with her twin brother

Arata shares her story as part of the #YouCanAdopt campaign

Whatever their start, we’re here for their future.

We believe in the potential of children, regardless of their circumstances, and that they all deserve a loving family.

We're looking for people to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people who need a loving family. Whether you’re single or married, whatever your age, ethnicity, religion, culture, background or gender, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual, it doesn’t matter.

With more than 100 years of experience at finding children forever families, we use our expertise as the UK’s largest voluntary adoption agency to provide a tailored service, matching children with the right adoptive families while our friendly and expert team support our parents and are with them all every step of the way.

Check out our FAQ pageread a recent blog piece by @fortunatedadsbrowse through the resources we've put together for you below, or reach out to make an enquiry.

When you make an enquiry about adopting with us, you are not making any commitments. A member of our team will call you back to talk you through the adoption process, answer any questions you may have and ask you a few questions about yourself and your motivation to adopt.

Adoption resources

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    Why adopt with Barnardo's?

    We listen and respond to the needs of our adopters, which is why we offer a comprehensive preparation, training and support adoption programme, including access to support groups, adopter forums and adoptive family social events.

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    Adoption near me

    As the UK’s largest voluntary adoption agency, we have the resources and expertise right around the UK to give you all the support you need.

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    Adoption stories

    What is it really like to adopt a child? Some of our adopters share their own experiences of adopting with Barnardo's.

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    Adoption process

    We understand the decision to adopt is a huge step and we'll provide you with support every step of the way. Find out more about the journey to adoption.

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    Adoption support

    Barnardo’s offers a range of support, and the right option for you will depend on your individual situation. When you get in touch with us we will work with you to identify your adoption support needs.

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    Enquire about adopting

    Complete our online form or find details about alternative contact methods here and one of our friendly, expert staff will contact you for a no obligation chat.

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    Adoption FAQ

    Your questions on adoption answered.

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    Types of adoption

    Many people may not realise that there are different types of adoption, designed to give each child the most appropriate care for their situation. We explain them here.

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    Support for birth families and adult adoptees

    We have dedicated adoption support services where we help others who are affected by adoption including birth families and adult adoptees.