Essex County Council Adoption Agency

Type Local Authority Agency
Consortia East Anglian Consortium
Address Essex County Council Adoption Agency
E3 Zone 3 County Hall
Market Road
County Essex
Postal Code CM1 1LX
Region East
Coverage All of Essex County and close bordering areas.
Phone Number 0800 801 530
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Ofsted rating Outstanding


We are a Local Authority Adoption Agency seeking adoptive homes for a large number of children every year. We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community within Essex and close bordering areas.

We are actively seeking families who can consider adopting two or more brothers or sisters, as we have sibling pairs and groups who need to stay together in their permanent adoptive home. We also welcome enquiries from people who wish to adopt children age 4 and older, and children with special needs/disabilities.

We welcome Registrations of Interest from anyone wishing to adopt a young baby through Early Permanence and those interested in children with disabilities. Early Permanence is a way to care for young babies while decisions are made about their future. This arrangement is known as Fostering for Adoption.

We currently have 39 children waiting for adoption, 23 boys and 16 girls. Our latest figures for children waiting for adoption are:

  • 26 children aged under 5
  • 13 children aged over 5
    these include:
  • 10 sibling pairs (2 boy and girl pairs, 3 girl pairs and 5 boy pairs)
  • 4 children with disabilities

We offer a comprehensive preparation and training programme, and a bespoke support service at all stages of your adoption journey.

For an initial discussion about adopting with Essex, contact us on 0800 801530 or visit our website

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