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Thank you for considering Adoption

We are looking for families for children for a range of ages - from babies through to older children. The information you will need to begin your adoption journey can be found on this page as well as the information bar to the left.

Adoption is a legal way for a child or young person (up to 18 years) to gain a new legal parent(s). Legally, it is as if they had been born to their new parents once they are adopted.

If you are interested in adopting, we have a lot of information on the pages that can be found on the navigation bar on the left (or under this page if you are on mobile).

To speak to a member of our adoption team, please call 0191 561 2221 or email

Click here to Register an Expression of Interest in Adoption and a member of our team will get back to you. 

We also host a drop-in Information Evening every month that you may attend:

Unfortunately our information evenings are postponed until further notice. If you wish to discuss adoption, please contact our team on 0191 561 2221 or email

One to One chat

Book a one to one chat with a member of our friendly adoption team.

During this one hour slot, we will offer you support, guidance and advice on the topic of adoption. Our team will be happy to answer and questions or queries you may have in a relaxed setting.

An initial enquiry form may also be completed if appropriate.

The sessions run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 4pm at Sandhill Centre, Sunderland.

If you would like to book an appointment, please visit our Fostering and Adoption Facebook page and book a suitable date/time. In response to Covid-19, these appointments will now be over the phone until further notice.

Coffee and Chat

Why not come down to Costa Coffee, 2 Broadstairs Ct, Sunderland SR4 8NP, where our friendly, professional fostering and adoption teams will be more than happy to have a chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

There are currently no Coffee and Chat sessions planned. 

Find out more in the downloads below including our Adoption Information Pack, you may also view case studies from other adopters.


Adopting with Sunderland - Information Pack

Click here to download our Adopting with Together for Children information pack

Special Guardianship Order Passport

Information about Special Guardianships and the support services offered by Together For Children

Special Guardianship Order - Information Pack

Download our Special Guardianship Order Information Pack

TfC Adoption Passport

Download our Adoption Passport: a support guide for adoptive parents

Adoption Service: Statement of Purpose

Adoption Statement of Purpose

Adoption expression of interest PDF

Adoption expression of interest PDF

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