Why adopt with Barnardo's

Barnardo's believes that a child's future should never be defined by their past and through our work we strive to ensure that vulnerable young people are given the opportunities they deserve.

When you adopt with Barnardo's you benefit from 100 years of experience, as well as our dedication to supporting adopters throughout their journey so that they can provide security and stability to the child they adopt.

You could adopt with us if you live in England, Scotland or Wales.

Supporting your decision

When you adopt with Barnardo’s you receive extensive training and support during the adoption process and beyond.

The wellbeing of our adoptive families is vital to us so we offer a range of support from your child’s first day in your home, including:

  • therapy and counselling – individual and group sessions, helping children and adoptive parents to bond
  • ongoing training to improve and develop skills
  • social days out to connect with other adoptive families
  • support group where you can meet people with similar experiences.

Find out more about the support you can receive as an adoptive parent.

Children who need adopting

Children from a wide range of backgrounds need adopting.

We are searching for adoptive parents who can adopt children:

  • of all ages, particularly older children
  • in sibling groups
  • from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities
  • with challenging behaviours
  • with physical and/or learning disabilities

Find out more about children who need adopting.

Your decision to adopt has the potential to change a child's life - and yours.