The Adoption Register works with adoption agencies and consortia to make sure that children and adopters have the best chance of finding a suitable match.
How the Register works
Details of children that need families and of people approved to adopt are kept on the Adoption Register database.
Our skilled team of experienced data base operators and family placement social workers look at the information on the database to see whether they can suggest possible 'matches' between children and prospective adopters.
Download guidance notes about the Register for adopters (pdf)
Being referred to the Register by your agency
Agencies can refer adopters to the Adoption Register as soon as they have been 'approved' by the agency and will usually do this if it seems unlikely that the adopters will be matched quickly with a suitable child in their own region.
Agencies must refer adopters to the Adoption Register three months after they have been approved if there is not a match with an identified child being actively pursued.
Agencies who are referring families to the Adoption Register must certify that they have the families' consent to referral. You can decide that you do not wish to give your consent to referral to the Adoption Register, though this will reduce the opportunity for you to be matched with an appropriate child.
If you have not been referred by your agency.
If your agency has not already sent your details to the Adoption Register, you will be able to start this process yourself. You must wait to do this until at least three months after the date on which your agency approved you as an adopter.
If you wish your details to be put on the Adoption Register, please complete a self-referral form, which is available in paper form from your adoption agency or can be downloaded from this site. We will then contact your agency and ask them to confirm your approval details for inclusion on the Register.
Please note that completing this form does not mean that we will be able to put your details on the Register immediately. This will only happen when we have received confirmation of your approval details from your agency. Please inform your agency that you have sent this request to us.
Download the form as a word document
Please post your completed form to:
Adoption Register for England & Wales
Pavilion Business Park
Royds Hall Road
LEEDS, LS12 6AJ
Telephone help-line: 0845 450 3934
As a prospective adopter, you will be able to contact the Register direct on 0845 450 3934.
Once we have checked your identity, we will confirm your details have been referred to the Register, give you information about the number of times your details have been sent out to social workers for consideration, and give you general advice.
If your details have been sent out for consideration but a link is not being pursued you can contact your social worker and ask about the reasons given by the child's social worker for not pursuing the link.
Exciting New DVD Profiling Project For Adopters Launched
What is the Adopter DVD Profiling Project (ADPP)?
The ADPP was set up to help speed up the family finding process for prospective adopters who have been waiting for a match for 12 months or more on the Adoption Register. The scheme is funded by the Government, as part of their commitment to help place children with loving families as quickly as possible. It’s being run by BAAF, the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.
Adopters already on the Adoption Register can find out more about this exciting and innovative initiative through this ADPP link.
Information about adoption and how to find an adoption agency
You can find detailed information about adoption and the adoption process on the BAAF and on the DfE websites.
You can also use the BAAF website to find an adoption agency in your area or see links to other useful organisations.