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After Adoption is an independent adoption agency working throughout England and Wales to help all those affected by adoption. From placing children with adoptive parents to supporting birth families and reuniting families separated through adoption, we can work with all groups of people affected by adoption.
Over the past twenty years, we have pioneered work with birth mothers in prison, search and reunion services and work with adopted young people.
Adoption has a huge impact on both individuals, their families and the society we live in. Done well, it can transform the lives of children in the care system and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential as adults.
Finding families for children
When we find the right family for a child in the care system, it changes the way they grow up, how they succeed at school and the part they play in society as an adult. We have developed successful models of recruitment and family finding, and as a result are seeing growth rates of over 50% in both prospective adopters and local authorities partnering with us.
Making placements work
We know that to make these placements work families need the right support to provide a secure and stable foundation for their children. Our SafeBase Parenting programme, delivered through an innovative business model of partnership between private, public and third sectors, provides an understanding of attachment and therapeutic tools to enable parents to bond more effectively with children who have suffered early life trauma. Safebase is on course to be available to all adoptive families in England and Wales by 2016.
Supporting the wider family and reuniting family members
From our roots providing adoption support, we understand the lifelong impact of adoption and the impact on the wider birth family. By supporting birth parents who have lost children to adoption we help maintain contact with their child, providing the information their child needs to understand who they are. We help adults find out more about their own background, and trace and reunite family members separated by adoption.
For more information on our work, click on the links on the left hand side of this page.