Worried about your child being adopted?

Are social workers talking about your child being removed from your care?

Is your child already part of
an adopted family?

Call us at any stage of the process on 0800 840 2020 and we can help support you.

Having a child put up for adoption or being involved in care proceedings is stressful and difficult for everyone involved. At After Adoption, we can

  • Listen to your concerns and help you understand what’s going on in the process
  • Help arrange contact between you and your child
  • Introduce you to other people who are going through the same experience

We believe birth parents are parents for life even if they are not parenting their children on a daily basis and have the right to be well represented and supported.

We recognise the need for adoptions to be more open and that birth parents have a role to play in their children’s future.


After Adoption can:

  1. Listen to your concerns and help you understand what’s going on in the process

The adoption process can often be quite confusing and uncertain when you and your child are going through it but it’s important to know what is happening and where you need to get involved.

We can help by listening to your concerns and supporting you to get involved in the care planning for your child. This could mean that you can have an input into the type of adoptive family your child is placed into or any views you have around this.

  1. Arrange contact between you and your child

Not having any contact with your child can have a major effect on your life. The decision of how much contact you can have with your child after their adoption will have taken place before the adoption order is granted. This could be

  • Indirect contact – Normally known as Letterbox contact, an organisation will have been appointed to act as a go-between for you and your child
  • Direct contact – You could have a chance to meet your child on a regular basis at an agreed venue.

If you’ve lost contact with your child and would like to look into re-establishing a relationship, we can support you through the process. Call us on 0800 840 2020 to talk about this further.

  1. Introduce you to other people who are going through the same situation

It can often feel very lonely as a parent whose child has been adopted. We run regular support groups for birth parents and can give you the opportunity to talk to other people about the experience and the impact it’s had on you.

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