Statement of Purpose

This Statement of Purpose sets out Adoptionplus' aims and objectives.  It explains our values and principles, the services we provide and the way we provide them.


The Statement of Purpose is intended to provide information to:-

·         Prospective adoptive parents

·         Children and young people

·         Adoptionplus staff

·         Adoption panel members

·         Local authorities

·         Birth family members

·         Other adoption agencies

·         Inspectors

·         Members of the public

This Statement of Purpose is regularly reviewed and updated at least every twelve months.

The information provided meets the requirement of National Minimum Standards for Adoption, and the related regulations (Voluntary Adoption Agencies and Adoption Agencies (Misc. Amendments) Regulations 2003).


Here is the Statement of Purpose:

Adoptionplus wants to ensure that children who are not able to live with their birth families grow up in safe, nurturing and healing families where they are able to develop to their full potential.  We want to encourage adopted children to have a positive sense of themselves and a clear understanding of their history.  We want children to have good self esteem, be able to make friends and grow up in a family where fun and laughter are part of everyday life.  We believe that the best way to do this is to ensure that adoptive families are provided with the comprehensive, high quality support they need, at the times that they need it.  We believe that it is essential that we learn from what works, and ensure that we keep ourselves informed of all research and good practice in the field of adoption.


Alongside this, Adoptionplus also recognises the impact on birth families who lose their children to adoption.  We want to ensure that birth families receive the support they need in order that they can start to heal and move forward in their lives.  As an agency, we understand that adoption has lifelong implications for all involved.


Our Values

  • Respect for the individual

  • A focus on healing and growth

  • An understanding of the importance of fun and laughter

  • Appreciation of the importance of listening and understanding

  • Wanting to offer the very best service to every child and every adult we work with


Our Beliefs

  • We believe that the child’s welfare, safety and needs should be at the centre of the adoption process.

  • We believe that a child’s wishes and feelings should be actively sought and fully taken into account at all stages.

  • We believe that delays in adoption can have a severe impact on the health and development of children and should be avoided wherever possible.

  • We believe that it is essential in the process of matching a child with his/her adoptive parents that as much information as possible is gained in order that informed decisions can be made.

  • We believe that to truly understand individual child and adult needs, skills and strengths, is central to providing effective support services.

  • We believe fun and play are important aspects of a healing adoptive family.


Our Aims and Objectives

  • To ensure that adopted children grow up as part of a loving family, who can meet their needs during childhood and beyond.

  • To recruit, assess, train and approve sufficient suitable families who are able to meet the varied needs of children referred to the adoption service.

  • To ensure that our services promote equality and do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religion or culture.

  • To ensure that all our therapeutic services take into consideration current research and best practice in the field of adoption support.

  • To ensure we incorporate creative and fun aspects in our support services.

  • To ensure that all staff employed by Adoptionplus are appropriately qualified, experienced, recruited, supervised and supported in carrying out their responsibilities. 

  • To ensure we involve and consult service users in the delivery and development of services.

  • To ensure we maintain confidentiality and security of all adoption records and information.

  • To work with the whole family network, as we recognise the importance of the support that family and friends provide to the adoptive family.

  • To work with schools, as we believe sharing knowledge and adopting a joined up approach can help children with trauma and attachment difficulties.  By increasing understanding of attachment and learning, we believe schools are better able to provide education in a way that children can access.

  • With regards to our services for birth relatives, we aim to help birth parents come to terms with the loss of their child through a creative and flexible approach to counselling. We aim to not only provide an emotionally helpful and supportive service, but also to improve insight in order to change negative behavioural patterns.

  • Our service objectives are to assist where appropriate in the quality of any contact between the child and birth parent.

  • Where children have been removed by the local authority because of concerns regarding abuse or neglect, we aim to support birth parents in understanding their responsibility in the circumstances that led to their child being removed and adopted.  Doing so reduces the likelihood of repeated patterns of behaviour

  • We aim to assist birth parents in accessing any additional specialist support services that may be helpful to them.

  • We aim to work closely with local authority adoption and permanency teams to ensure our services remain consistent with their requirements.


Adoptionplus provides the following services:

  • Recruitment, training and approval of adopters 

  • Specialist adoptive placements

  • Post placement support services

  • Neurodevelopmental assessments

  • Developmental trauma & attachment assessments

  • Specialist attachment therapeutic services (including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Theraplay®)

  • Play Therapy

  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy

  • Therapeutic Life Story Work

  • Therapeutic Parenting courses

  • Mindfulness workshops

  • Therapeutic services to birth relatives

  • Adoption counselling for adopted adults

  • Counselling for adopters

  • Specialist training for professionals, adopters and carers

  • Bespoke integrated therapy services within local authorities

  • Training and advice for schools regarding attachment, trauma, and learning


Further information about our Placement Service can be found here 

Further information about our Therapy Services can be found here 


Organisational Structure


Reviewing the services we provide

Adoptionplus has a variety of systems in place to monitor and review the services we provide.  These include:

  • Feedback forms completed after every 6th session by our Birth Relative Counselling service clients.

  • Feedback forms from families (parents and children).

  • On-line Survey Monkey feedback  from social workers, children and parents.

  • Feedback questionnaire responses from local authorities.

  • Internal evaluations.

  • Standardised mental health measures.

  • Local authority evaluations via quarterly reports.

  • Board analysis.


Complaints Procedure

A copy of the agency’s complaints procedure is available.

If you wish to make a formal complaint please contact Stuart Campbell, Chief Executive, at   or 01908 218251


Registration Authority

The name and address of the Registration Authority is:


Piccadilly Gate

Store Street


M1 2WD

Email:         Tel: 0300 123 1231                 Web:


The Statement of Purpose can be supplied in different formats appropriate to the physical, sensory and learning impairment, communication difficulties and language of all those who may need to read it.  Translations can be provided, MP3 players can be made available.

The Statement of Purpose has been approved by the Directors of Adoptionplus and is subject to review annually, or more frequently if required.