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

Whether you're looking for support as the family of an adopted person, as an adopted person yourself, or are looking for support in your process to adopt or exploring your family history, our services can provide the help you need.

LINK Adoption Support Service

For more than twenty years Barnardo’s LINK has been providing therapeutic services to anyone affected by adoption.

This includes therapeutic services for prospective adopters, adoptive families, adopted children and young people, adopted adults, birth family members and, in recent years, families where children are placed under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO).

We have accredited independent therapists based across London, East Anglia, South East and South West England, who can meet with adoptive families face-to-face in their own homes to work together on the principles and practice of therapeutic parenting.

Connecting Adoptive Families Independent Service (CAFIS)

CAFIS is a unique service for people living in Kent who are affected by adoption. They provide support around:

  • Advice and support for birth families

  • Access to birth records for adopted adults

  • Intermediary services for adopted adults and birth families

Making Connections

If you were adopted through Barnardo’s as a child, our Making Connections team can give you information about your adoption, and support you through the process.

They can assist with:

  • Accessing your records

  • Enquiring as a relative of an adopted person

  • Obtaining information about your deceased relative

  • Child migration

Further resources

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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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    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.