About Adopt East

Adopt East is a regional adoption alliance which brings together the professionalism, skills and expertise of eight local authorities and two voluntary adoption agencies from across the East of England. 

The Adopt East alliance is committed to delivering the highest quality adoption service to children and families throughout our region.

We work with families in Southend, Thurrock, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedford and Luton. 

In addition, we have two voluntary agency partners, Adoptionplus and Barnardo's, and the charity Adoption UK.

The scale of our organisation means that our adopters have access to a large number of children waiting for adoption.

By working collaboratively, we are able to share best practice. This means avoiding any unnecessary delay in the making of your new family and ensuring support is central.

Offering a wealth of specialist skills alongside a friendly and respectful approach, Adopt East ensures that our families receive the best service and the right support, at whatever stage of their adoption journey. 


See all our local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies on a map.

Closer to Home

74% of children waiting for adoption for longer periods of time are children over the age of 4 years, sibling groups and children with additional needs.

Adopt East Alliance aspires to find loving and committed adoptive families for all children, but particularly for those who have been waiting for an adoptive family longer.

This film shows real stories of the life-changing impact of adoption on children and adoptive parents. We hope the film will inspire many viewers to consider adoption with an open mind and heart.

The film combines heartfelt interviews with adopters and moving illustrations to give insight from the children themselves. The film was screened during 2018's Adoption Week.

Adopt East partners

Adoptionplus logo

Adoption UK logo

Barnardos UK logo

Bedford Borough Council logo

Essex County Council logo

Hertfordshire County Council logo

Luton Borough Council logo

Norfolk County Council logo

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council logo

Suffolk County Council logo and Suffolk Fostering and Adoption logo

Thurrock Council logo