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Adoption, fostering, care system and kinship carer support

Adoption Routes

Area served: Northern Ireland

Telephone: 028 90736080

Website: www.adoptionroutes.co.uk

Specialist adoption agency with a Northern Ireland base (although they are not restricted to Northern Ireland). Their main aim is to find families for children who are no longer able to live with their birth families.



Adoption UK

Area served: National

Telephone: Helpline 0300 666 0006

Website: www.adoptionuk.org

National charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoption parenting. The website details assistance available in England and they have specific links for their services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 10am - 2.30pm


Alternatives Counselling & Listening Rooms

Area served: Dundee & Tayside

Telephone: 01382 221 112

Website: www.alternativesdundee.org

They offer support to parents who must make a pregnancy decision, pregnancy loss, abortion care, infertility, and children in care. Sometimes these can be long held secrets or people might just need to someone not involved with them.



Coram BAAF

Area served: National

Telephone: 0300 222 5775

Website: www.corambaaf.org.uk

An independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption. It is the successor organisation to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm



Area served: England and Wales

Telephone: 0300 123 7015

Website: www.kinship.org.uk

Kinship is in England and Wales. They are for all kinship carers – the grandparents and siblings, the aunts, uncles, and family friends who step up to raise children when their parents can’t. They won’t rest until every kinship family has the recognition and support they need and deserve. Grandparents plus is now part of Kinship.


Hours: Helpline, Monday to Friday 9.30am - 2pm


PAC-UK Family Action

Area served: National

Telephone: London 020 7284 5879 and Leeds 0113 230 2100

Website: www.pac-uk.org

PAC-UK's specialist birth parent and relative support services include First Family Service, face-to-face and telephone counselling, private intermediary services (for birth relatives of adults adopted as children) and support groups.



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