Children needing adoption



There are many children across the Adopt East region currently waiting for families. Like our adopters, our children come from a range of different backgrounds, ages, ethnicity, health needs and life experiences.

Most children needing adoption have been separated from their birth families at birth or in early childhood. The majority of adopted children will have experienced loss and trauma in their early lives. This means that adopters need to be able to accept some uncertainty about their future needs and well-being.

At Adopt East we aspire to give as many children as possible the chance of permanency through adoption. That means that we are always looking for adopters who may be able to consider adopting an older child, a sibling group or a child with additional needs.

We offer high quality training and support so that adopters are equipped to offer placements to a wide range of children with differing needs.

Below you can read some of Adopt East priority children`s profiles. These are children who have been waiting for a longer period of time for an adoptive familiy. Whilst these are real stories, the children`s names have been changed to protect their identity.

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Early Permanence

Most of our children are adopted from foster care. However, there are some children who can benefit from Early Permanence placements. 

These placements offer children the opportunity to be placed with adopters who are temporarily approved as foster carers whilst the court proceedings take place.

If the court agrees the plan of adoption, the placement will change from a foster placement to an adoptive placement. This means that the child does not need to move or experience another loss.

You will be able to find out more about Early Permanence and whether it’s right for you throughout your adoption assessment.

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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