FOR CHILDREN IS ONE OF THE UK’S MAIN CHILDREN’S CHARITIES AND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AS AN ADOPTION AGENCY SINCE 1926. OVER THAT TIME THEY HAVE HELPED MANY CHILDREN GROW INTO CONFIDENT AND HAPPY ADULTS THROUGH FINDING THEM CARING AND LOVING HOMES
At every stage of the process, from initial preparation to post-adoption, as an adopter you will be supported by their friendly and experienced team. Action for Children works in small teams so that their adopters are promptly taken through the process and receive the best possible training, assessment and matching. Because they are a children’s charity, you will also benefit from being considered for a range of children from local authorities across the UK.
Choosing to adopt is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Action for Children wants to help you through that process. Whether you are single, married, straight or gay they welcome the chance to talk to you.
Jacqui Clark has worked for Action for Children for eight years now and feels passionate about the work they do. Pride Life caught up with her to talk about the charity and how it is working to help children. When was Action for Children founded? We were founded as a charity in 1869 so we have plenty of experience in helping adopters and children. What sort of people make the best adoptive parents? Our main intention is to place children in stable, loving families who will meet their individual needs, whatever those may be. Because of this we aim to be flexible and not limit potential choices by setting strict criteria. We particularly welcome enquiries from people interested in adopting older children or brothers and sisters who need to stay together. There are currently many sibling groups of all ages needing new “forever” homes. Are there specific things which LGBT people should take into consideration when applying to adopt a child? At Action for Children we very much welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adopters whether they are single or looking to adopt jointly. Many of our adopters are from the LGBT community and in our experience they have made excellent adopters. We recently had a fantastic lesbian couple adopt a boy and his two little sisters. They have really embraced being