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Below is a list of books for refernce:
  • Adopting a Child: The Definitive Guide to Adoption in the UK by Jenifer Lord
  • How to Prepare Yourself to Parent A Child From The Care System
  • Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatized Children: Practical Ideas to Help Your
  • Child’s Movement, Coordination and Body Awareness by Sarah Lloyd
  • Life Books for Adopted Children by Joy Rees
  • Me, the Boy, and The Monster: Exploring the Psychology of Adoption and Trauma by Cat McGill
  • Preparing for Adoption by Julia Davis
  • Publication – Adoption Today
  • Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction
  • The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting: The Small Stuff, The Big Stuff and The Stuff In Between by Sally Donovan
  • When Daisy Met Tommy by Jules Belle
  • No Matter What by Sally Donovan

If your're LGBT+ in the UK you can adopt and foster. Wherever you are in your adoption or fostering journey, New Family Social’s LGBT+ peer support network offers advice and support every step of the way.

New Family Social is the only national LGBT+ adoption and fostering charity in the UK. It provides support, improves the treatment of LGBT+ people in the adoption and fostering process, encourages inclusion and works directly with its members and agencies to find more new families for children in care. The charity:

  • Provides a social network
  • Promotes LGBT+ families
  • Provides direct help

For further information about NFS click here. To join NFS and become a member click here. 

Home for Good is a charity dedicated to finding a home for every child who needs one by co-ordinating and resourcing a rapidly growing network of people, churches and local movements across the UK who are raising awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and young people, inspiring individuals to explore fostering and adoption and equipping churches to understand and support.

Their two core values are the twin threads that run through every aspect of their work. All that they do is shaped by, built upon, and fuelled through being child-focused and faith-rooted.

  • Child-focused
    Children and young people will always be at the heart of Home for Good. They are passionate about finding the best possible home for every child who needs one, where they will be loved and nurtured and go on to thrive. They affirm the infinite value of every child and will do all they can to advocate on their behalf, championing their needs and celebrating their successes, ensuring their voices are heard. They believe in the potential of every child and young person and will not give up.
  • Faith-rooted
    Their Christian faith inspires, motivates and encourages then to act and to believe that change is possible as they stand firmly on a strong theological foundation and commit to prayer for every aspect of theirwork. They will hold on to faith amidst setbacks and challenges and step out in faith to act. They are open about their faith and recognise the potential in the Church to make a difference, but they do not expect preferential treatment and are keen to work in partnership with those of other faiths and of no faith.

To find out more about click here

#YouCanAdopt is a nationwide adopter recruitment campaign which aims to raise awareness of adoption and bust myths around who is eligible.

The campaign is being delivered by the National Adoption Recruitment Steering Group and is supported by the Department for Education.

Click here to find out more

First4Adoption is the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. First4Adoption give clear and impartial information about adopting and can put you in touch with adoption agencies in your area.

They can help you whether you:

  • you are in the early stages of considering adoption;
  • have a specific question about your eligibility or individual circumstances;
  • want to know more about what it means to become an adoptive parent;
  • would like to find out how to take the next steps;
  • have questions at any stage of the assessment process;
  • would like to know about support available post-adoption.

To find out more about First4Adoption click here. 

Families for Children have an agreement with PACT (a fellow voluntary adoption agency based in Brighton, Reading and London) who run an online support service called Adopter Hub. We have an agreed number of 'log ins' that we can give to Families for Children adopters for an initial free 12 month period. After then, should you wish to continue there is an annual fee payable to Families for Children. 

The Adopter Hub offers the following and are always interested in new ideas from adopters:

  • An Adopter Forum – open 24/7 for adopters to share ideas and experiences
  • One to One Web Chat with Fellow Adopters – which is live from 12-2pm and 8-10pm weekdays – facilitated by adopter peer support volunteers
  • Webinars – a variety of online training events on a range of subjects – there is also an extensive back catalogue of previous webinars on other topics
  • E-Learning – on Attachment – which is available to dip into whenever you need

If you would like to find out further information on how to access this service please contact the Buckfast office. You can also visit The Adopter Hub website and download further information here.

Link Maker provides features in adoption, placement commissioning and for placement providers. 

Adoption - Link Maker increases placement choice for children awaiting adoption, creating a UK-wide pool of available adopters, and improving the use of data and collaboration between local authorities and independent adoption agencies.

Placement Commissioning - Link Maker is used by almost every local authority in the UK to increase placement choice for children. Link Maker work with authorities, providers and national leads, across all care settings, to ensure that collaboration and data use is effectively supported.

Placement Providers - While Link Maker is used by nearly every local authority in the UK for adoptive matching, over one-third of authorities across England are preparing to pilot a new platform for commissioning fostering and residential placements. The platform is funded by authorities, and free to placement providers. It offers the potential for greater efficiency, and a greater focus on individual needs, in the way placements are commissioned.  

To find out more about this service click here

PAC-UK is the country’s largest independent Adoption Support Agency.

PAC-UK provide anyone who has been affected by adoption or other forms of permanent care, as well as the professionals who support them, with expert, independent advice and counselling. Services include:

  • Advice line staffed by qualified and experienced PAC-UK counsellors who can provide advice and information on all aspects of adoption and other forms of permanent care;
  • Peer advice line staffed by experienced adopters offering understanding, a listening ear and signposting to further services;
  • An adult counselling and intermediary service; 
  • A child and family service;
  • An education service;
  • A first family service for birth parents and birth relatives;
  • A peer service;
  • A range of support groups for birth parents and adoptive parents (all groups are informal, confidential and free of charge);
  • A training service offering a comprehensive training programme focussing on topics specific to adoption and permanent placement. 

 For further information about PAC-UK click here.

Living with FASD South West supports families in Devon and Cornwall living with the affects of FASD. They offer the following:

  • Signposting reading material;
  • Signposting professional support;
  • Sharing strategies;
  • Offering the opportunity to meet up with others in the same situation.

Click here for more details. 

We are here to support you

As the  COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect our daily lives, we want to assure our families they are still able to access our adoption support services. Whilst we are unable to provide our group support services we are working on providing some of our direct support services through the use of creative technology.

Whilst our physical offices are closed to protect staff and families you can access our advice and supoort service by telephone on 01364 645480. For opening times click here  outside of these times we can be emailed at and would be happy to return calls and emails.

Please see below a selection of online resources which have been put together with adoptive families in mind. but also for entertaining any children who have to spend this time at home.

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Helping children cope with stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Click here to download an information datasheet about how to help children cope with stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Adoption UK Home Learning & Resources

Adoption UK have a great selection of home learning resources for parents of children from nursery school age to secondary.

Click here to access their resources

Adopter Hub - PACT

The Adopter Hub is available 24 hours a day for online information and support. We have developed some new resources to help families during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Megan, a PACT Adopter Champion, has written a blog post 'How to be a swan in a crisis' talking about how to manage worries and fears, and establish a new routine.

They have information on mental health, managing difficult behaviours and a recent webinar on 'Parenting Anxious Children'.

New resources with ideas to entertain your children and curriculum support advice and tips will be available from Monday.

Click Here to access

Staying Safe Online

Children and young people’s lives have changed dramatically because of the coronavirus. With lockdown measures in place it means that chances are your children will be spending more time online both on internet and online gaming.

We understand that this is a great way for children and young people to stay in touch with their friends and keep busy during this time, but it can also bring risks. It’s important to talk to your child about staying safe online and about the apps and sites they’re using. This link provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.

CBeebies - Things to do indoors with your children

CBeebies have some great online resources if you stuck indoors and not sure what to do with the kids.

Click here to check out their fun tips to keep your children entertained

Free Education Subscriptions have released a complete list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to schools closing.

Click here to access the list of resources


The brilliant Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children – and it’s available as a FREE download.  

The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill. 

Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers:

Free Education Subscriptions have released a complete list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to schools closing.

Click here to access the list of resources


Click here to access a list of over 200 thigs for Tweens &Teens to do whilst at home.

Families for children adoption agency in Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly