Child adoption in South East and South England

You could change the life of a vulnerable child in the South East and South England by adopting with Barnardo's - we welcome all applicants, regardless of relationship status, sexuality, beliefs or ethnicity.

We train new adoptive parents as they step into their roles, and give ongoing support after children have been placed. Our expert advice, counselling and therapy can help you bond with your child once they have moved in.

Children in need of adoption

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children

The number of children in care from BME backgrounds grows each year.

We need adoptive parents to give stable and supportive homes to children, helping them thrive. You could transform the lives of children in care from African, Caribbean, Asian and mixed ethnicities.

Children with challenging behaviours

Children in care may have previously suffered neglect and sexual or emotional abuse and every child copes differently with traumas in their past.

We need adoptive parents who are willing to understand and work through demanding behaviours and Barnardo's will be here to provide expertise, support and training every step of the way. Adoption can help a child with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, enabling them to move on from the past and build an exciting future.

Children with physical and/or learning disabilities

All children need and deserve secure and loving homes.

We are looking for adopters who can help meet the needs of children with additional requirements. We offer ongoing support and training so that together, we can help a child with a disability reach their full potential.

Sibling groups

You can help keep children together by adopting siblings. We need adoptive parents to offer caring and stable homes for brothers and sisters.

Adoption Support

Barnardo’s offers a range of support and the right option for you will depend on your individual situation. If you are seeking support as an adopter, please visit our Support for Adopters page. Or if you are looking for support as a birth family member, please visit our Support for Birth Families page.

Statement of purpose

We work with local authorities to help the most vulnerable children fulfil their full potential. For more information, download our statement of purpose:

Contact Barnardo’s Adoption Placement Service

Barnardo’s Adoption Placement Service
54 Head Street

Telephone: 01206 562 438
Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm