First4adoption new online service to support 1 in 7 who would adopt

5 April 2013

The new First4Adoption website launches today!


First4Adoption is boosting its support for people interested in adopting with the launch today of its new online service. The online service brings together the information people need to navigate the adoption system.

The launch comes as new research, published today by the Department for Education, shows that over 4 million (1 in 7) people in England would consider adopting, but are held back by myths and a lack of clear information about adopting.

The new First4Adoption online service ( is intended to help overcome these barriers. It gives clear, independent information about adopting – from who can adopt to how to start the adoption process – together with examples of people from a range of backgrounds who have successfully adopted, a myth-busting section and an adoption agency finder.

Would-be adopters can also call the First4Adoption information line (0300 200 0022) staffed by trained advisers to get authoritative information about all aspects of adopting, and to find adoption agencies in their area.

In March 2012 there were 4,600 children waiting to be adopted. Figures show that over 600 additional adopters are needed annually to keep up with the growing number of children waiting to be adopted, and a further 3,000 adopters are needed to tackle the backlog of children waiting for homes

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service at First4Adoption said: “If you would consider giving a loving home to one of the many children waiting to be adopted and want clear information about adopting, we can help. If you have a question about your suitability to adopt or about the process of adopting a child, visit our new online service at or call our friendly, trained advisors today on 0300 200 2222.”

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