COVID-19 statement

In order to continue to protect our staff, the public and to reduce the spread of the virus we are not holding events or undertaking visits, however we are still very keen to speak with you and are able to answer questions by phone or email. Please complete the online enquiry form (below) and we will get back to you. We can also offer lots of information that we normally give at our adoption information events.

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 page, browse 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

  • LGBT adoptive fathers smiling with their sons on their shoulders in a field

    Who can adopt?

    We welcome adopters from all walks of life. Our adoptive parents come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences, skills and qualities.

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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.

  • Adoptive mums with their daughter

    Adoption stories

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

  • A young boy with downs syndrome sitting at a table with foster carer

    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.

  • Grandparents with two young children

    Support for birth families and adopted adults

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

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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.