Adoption Advice

At IAC we know that starting out on the adoption journey can seem daunting, and that you might have concerns and anxieties about what might lie ahead for you. We respond to over 2500 enquiries each year.  We hope that the information accessed via the links below will answer your questions and help you to understand adoption better.  We also hope to dispel some of the worries you may have and hopefully encourage you to take your next steps with IAC.  

IAC has many years’ experience in adoption and our professional team includes both adoptive parents and adopted people. We regularly work with prospective parents who wish to adopt from either within the UK or from overseas. Each of them started the journey where you are now. Of those that made an application, the great majority fulfilled their wishes to become parents and to offer their home to a child, or children, in need of love and nurturing.  Since 2009 we have placed over 400 children in families like yours and we have supported many more since we began work in 1997.

IAC is a specialist intercountry adoption agency and we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in adopting a child from abroad.  Currently our UK Special Programme (domestic adoption service) is only open to those who are converting mid-process or have previously adopted through IAC. 

The process to adopt is the same for anyone adopting abroad or in this country until the point you are approved as suitable to adopt.  You can read more about the process here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Advice Line

The Advice Line is a good starting point if you are thinking about intercountry adoption as one of our expert IAC advisors can provide you with clear and accurate information.

Getting Started

We can help you through the adoption process if you are thinking of adopting from abroad. If you're thinking about international adoption get started and find your match with IAC.

Adoption Process

We want to make sure that the adoption process is as smooth as possible for prospective adopters. Find out more about what is involved in the international adoption process.

Returning Adopters

IAC welcomes returning adopters to adopt with us again whether you have adopted with us or another adoption agency. No matter whether you have adopted in the UK or another country.

Intercountry Special Programmes

IAC are unique in the UK in having programmes with countries overseas that are expanding and growing.

UK Special Programme

The UK Special Programme is open for anyone being assessed by IAC or returning to adopt again. Find out how we can help match you with a child in the UK.