Next steps

Having decided you could give a stable and loving home to a child, you will probably have many questions and lots to consider. It is really important you find out as much as you can about the adoption process and being an adoptive parent. It is also important that you understand what it is like to be an adopted child.


We suggest you begin with the following:


Read our Adoption: the basics information pack

This should answer lots of the initial questions you might have at the beginning of your adoption journey. You can download the leaflet here.


Download the free BAAF adoption and fostering app

Our unique mobile and tablet app is a great starting place for anyone considering adoption. It has lots of useful information along with FAQs, videos of personal experiences and all our latest blog entries. It also uses the phone’s GPS to search for the nearest local authority, voluntary adoption agency, or independent foster care provider. The app is formatted for iPad, iPhone and Android users and is available to download free from the iTunes store and Google Play.


Read our real life stories

Be inspired by the moving experiences of people who have adopted a child


Read a book about adoption

We  have a list of books we recommend on the BAAF website.


Attend an adoption information event in your area

During National Adoption Week there are hundreds of adoption information events being held across the UK. They are a great way to find out more and speak to people with first hand experience of adoption.  Visit our What's on page to find events near you.


Contact your local adoption agency

Adoption agencies match potential parents with the right child. To find out how to get in touch with your local authority adoption team or an approved voluntary adoption agency, use the BAAF agency directory.


Have a look at the profiles of children waiting for an adoptive family on the Be My Parent website

Be My Parent is an adoption and fostering service for children in the UK, with a family-finding website and monthly full-colour newspaper.The Be My Parent newspaper and, website features children of all ages and backgrounds, from babies to teenagers - all looking for a family to adopt or foster them.


Advice and support

Call Freephone 0300 3030 8877 or use the Free text service: text NAW followed by your name to 80800.
There are organisations that you can contact if you are thinking about adopting a child, an adoptive parent, adopted person or birth parent. We provide a brief listing of organisations to help.


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