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Adoption support

We support all those affected by adoption. Adoption support is available if you live in Hackney and:

  • you are adopted
  • you have adopted a child from the UK or overseas
  • you are a birth relative of an adopted child

We also offer a service to:

  • adopted adults and birth relatives where the adoption was arranged by us but who live outside of Hackney
  • adoptive parents and their children for the first three years of placement if the child originated in Hackney, regardless of where you now live

If you are an adopted child, we offer:

  • an opportunity to talk about worries or difficulties that bother you. These may be to do with your adoption or may be part of growing up
  • someone outside of your family to talk to, who can listen and understand

Adoption support handbook

If you have adopted a child

No matter how good a parent, you may sometimes benefit from additional support and guidance. We can:

  • support and advise you as your child grows up
  • advise you on contact with your child’s birth relatives
  • help you to meet other adoptive parents
  • help you to talk to your child about contact with their birth family
  • undertake an assessment of your support needs

If you are an adult who was adopted, we can:

  • help you get information from your adoptive records
  • give you advice about tracing birth family members
  • help you to meet other adopted people
  • act as a link between you and your birth family
  • give you advice and support before or after a reunion

If you are a birth relative, we can:

  • give you confidential help and advice to cope with your loss
  • give you advice about contact with your child
  • give you advice if your child has traced you
  • give you advice and support before or after a reunion
  • help you to get information on a brother or sister who was adopted
  • invite you to groups

Sources of advice and information

The Post Adoption Centre

The Council subscribe to the Post Adoption Centre so residents have access to their services which include:

  • A confidential telephone advice line
  • Counselling and support groups for birth parents
  • Support and help to adopted children around their life story and identity
  • Support and advice to adopted children and their families
  • A mediation and contact service to help set up contact arrangements with birth parents
  • Seminars, talks by experts in adoption and training groups



We recommend the following publications for further information on adoption and what it can mean to both the prospective adopters and the child.

Available from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)

  • Adopting a Child – A Guide for People Interested in Adoption – £6.50
  • Explaining Adoption to your Adopted Child – £6.50
  • A Child’s Journey through Placement by Vera Fahlberg – £19.50
  • Helping Children Cope with Separation & Loss by Claudia Jewett – £15.95
  • Adopters on Adoption – Reflections on Parenthood and Children by David Howe – £9.95
  • Real Parents, Real Children – Parenting the Adopted Child by Holly Van Gulden & Lisa M Bartel-Rabb – £9.99

Available from general bookstores

  • The Adoption Experience – Families Who Give Children a Second Chance by Ann Morris
  • First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts – Tiddlers & Toddlers by Caroline Archer
  • Next Steps in Parenting – Tykes and Teens by Caroline Archer

See also Information for prospective adopters

Page updated on: 9 July 2019

Adoption Services


The Laycock Centre
Laycock Street
N1 1TH

Opening times

  • Duty opening times Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm