Is adoption right for you?

Adopting a child is a life-changing experience and we are here to help you find out more about the process, whether you are in the early stages of considering adoption or have specific questions about your individual circumstances.

The first stage in the adoption journey is to attend one of our monthly information sessions.

To arrange an informal discussion about adoption please send an email to

Adoption support

When we have found an adoptive family for a child we draw up an adoption support plan. This gives details of the kind of services we will provide for the adoptive family to help them care for their child.

We offer adoption support services for:

  • counselling, advice and information
  • help with contact arrangements, including mediating with the birth family
  • support groups for adoptive families
  • training and workshops
  • financial support
  • therapeutic services for your child

More information about adoption support services can be found in our booklet Adoption Support Services for Adoptive Families. Contact the adoption team on the below details to obtain a copy

Contact our adoption team

When does adoption support start?

Adoption support can start as soon as your child goes to live with you and can continue until your child is 18. This is even if the Adoption Order hasn’t been granted. As your child’s needs may change over time, the support plan is reviewed at least once a year. This is to make sure you are receiving the right kind of support.

Comments, complaints and suggestions

We want to provide the best possible service to prospective adopters. If an adopter or someone using (or planning to use) our service is unhappy with an aspect of our service, or a decision we make, they can make a complaint. Most people don’t like to complain but sometimes things do go wrong, or you may feel that there is a better way of doing them. If you tell us about it we can try to put things right.

Contact our complaints officer

Adoption statement of Purpose


Adopted children in education

This resource has been developed for teachers and staff in education who come into contact with adopted children and families.

It aims to raise awareness of the needs of adopted children who may experience difficulties with school life and help promote a positive relationship between adoptive parents and teaching staff.

Adopted children in education


Adoptive Family Forum - our adoption newsletter

Adoptive Family Forum is our newsletter about adoption and a forum for you to correspond with us. We produce Adoptive Family Forum in conjunction with our consortium partners in Adoption North London.

Please find below our latest issues:

Adoption North London newsletter. Issue Five

Adoption North London newsletter. Issue Four

Adoption North London newsletter. Issue Three

Adoption North London newsletter. Issue Two

Adoption North London newsletter. Issue One

Monthly information sessions

To find out more about adopting through Camden attend one of our monthly information sessions. Upcoming dates for 2018/19 are:

Thursday 11 April 2019
Thursday 16 May 2019

These sessions start promptly at 5.30 and finish around 7.30pm. The address is:

The Crowndale Centre, 218 Eversholt Street, NW1 1BD
The closest underground train station is Mornington Crescent.

In the information sessions we cover:

  • the adoption process through Camden, and the benefits of being part of the North London Adoption Consortium.
  • who can adopt
  • what you can expect from the stage 1 and 2 processes, and panel
  • the children available for adoption, and the impact their backgrounds may have
  • the myths and preconceptions of adoption

You will also get an opportunity to speak with our Camden social workers, to ask any questions or concerns you may have.

Book your place by emailing  or call 020 7974 3082.