If you are thinking of adopting, we hope the information on these pages will help to answer any initial questions you may have and show you the support available for families and individuals.

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Start or extend your family with Northumberland - ring 01670 62 62 62 or email

Northumberland County Council is seeking people who could offer a loving home to vulnerable children waiting to be adopted. The request goes to those who are looking to start or extend their family. There is a national shortage of people coming forward to adopt, and we need both singles and couples to become parents urgently.

We have children from 0 to 8 years of age waiting for their new family, that includes single children and brothers and sisters.

Our team are here to discuss your options and help you through the process.

We always encourage people to get in touch as soon as you are ready to enquire about adoption. We recommend reading the website information to find out more, as well as using the useful web links to to other pages like First4Adoption or the British Association of Adoption and Fostering.

To get the ball rolling, you have the choice to:

  • Call our recruitment team for your initial enquiry
  • Request a call back
  • Attend an information evening near you
  • Book a time to meet us for an initial enquiry at our office

We are a friendly team and all of our sessions are an informal opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Please ring or email or ring 01670 62 62 62

Next adoption myth busting session:

2nd September: Belford Belle View Community Resource Centre, NE70 7QB

Click to view session dates and details

WHAT is adoption?

Adopting a child means that you become their legal parent; providing a permanent new family for a child or children.

WHO can adopt?

Check who can adopt in Northumberland and what you need to consider.

HOW to adopt?

Find out more about the process to become approved adoptive parents.

WHY US? Adoption Support is a Lifelong Process

Read more about the benefits of adopting with the Northumberland County Council Family Placement Service and the ongoing support available.

MEET our families

Read our case studies, watch our short films and listen to our podcasts to get an insight into what adoption is really like.

EVENTS and news

We hold regular information sessions where you can meet families and find out more about adopting.

READY? Next steps

When you are ready to take the first step – contact our Enquiry Team on 01670 62 62 62

Please pass this information on to friends and family who may consider adoption or fostering too.

Looking for a quick answer?

I still have a question.

Please contact us to ask a question or discuss anything you feel has not been covered on this site. We don’t consider any question too small, big or silly to answer!

Contact us:

Tel: 01670 62 62 62


Please include the following in your email:

  • Full Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Address (Including Postcode)

You could also write to us: Family Placement Service, Northumberland County Council, 3 Esther Court, Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 8AP

Useful Links

The following websites have further information to help you in your research about adoption:

Useful Documents