About Us

IAC – The Centre for Adoption is the UK’s only dedicated intercountry adoption charity. We have delivered outstanding services to those wishing to adopt since 1997.

We exist to prepare, assess and support prospective adopters through the adoption process in the UK and then work with them towards being matched with a child from anywhere in the world, including the UK.

Local authorities have a legal duty to provide an adoption service but do not legally have to accept an application to adopt.  For intercountry adoption, many local authorities and regional adoption agencies choose to partner with IAC so that we can provide our expert service to their residents, including assessment of applications to adopt.

You may personally be thinking about intercountry adoption for one or more of the following common reasons:

  • You want to grow your family
  • You want to start a family
  • You want to adopt a child from your country of heritage
  • You want to adopt a child related to you who lives abroad
  • You have already adopted a child abroad but not completed the UK process

Our dedicated teams have 100s of years of adoption experience and expertise between them and we make it our priority to ensure that anyone interested in adoption can access high quality advice and resources. If you live in one of our partner local authorities we can help you today.  We cover the whole of the UK and work with partner charities to bring local services to local communities.

Each year we receive over 2500 enquiries and work with over 100 new families, supporting them through the process. You can read about some of our success stories today.  We pride ourselves in being a diverse team from a range of backgrounds and ethnicities, which also includes people who have been personally affected by adoption.  It is really important to us that our services are informed by lived experiences of adoption and are not discriminatory.  You can read more about our support for the Black Lives Matter movement here.

We also provide consultancy and guidance for local authority teams on all matters relating to adoption and permanence, including cases where children may be being placed abroad.

A message from our Chief Executive, Satwinder Sandhu:

“Thank you for visiting IAC’s website. Whether you are a prospective adopter or Social Worker we hope you will find most of the information you need here but please do contact our Advice Line as our expert team will take the time needed to answer your questions and send you more information. We work closely with the government and adoption agencies across the world to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable children can be adopted by families  whom we support through the process. Families who will keep them safe, nurture them, help them to achieve their potential in life and most importantly love them and give them life chances they might not have had otherwise. I have worked with adopters for over 25 years and can assure anyone thinking about adopting that if you choose to apply through IAC we will do our best to assist you on your journey and be here to support you and your child for life. Our services are judged to be outstanding and we are sure you will experience that for yourselves”.

We are a charity and not for profit.  Our annual income and activity details are available here. We strive to keep our operational costs as low as possible, so that every earned and donated penny that can go towards service delivery and development, does. 


The IAC Mission statement

IAC’s works to find adoptive homes for children wherever they live. Find out more about our ethos and way of working.

What People Say About IAC

We are judged to be outstanding by Ofsted, which means all our services are of a high standard. Find out what Ofsted and others think about us.

IAC People - Our Workforce

IAC is our people. Our workforce is the IAC family and our expert professionals work tirelessly to ensure our children and families get what they need.

Supporting IAC

IAC is a charity and donations allow us to provide the support that all our children need. Find out how you could support IAC.

Statement of Purpose

Our Statement of Purpose sets out who we are, what we do and why we do it. It details the operations that underpin our mission statement.

Adoption Support

Our Adoption Support services are crucial to the success of adoptions and to ensure that all children and young people thrive.

Research & Practice

Research at IAC is an essential part of how we review and learn from the children and families with whom we work. Sharing our practice is something we do routinely to ensure learning is disseminated.