Excellence in the Adoption System
Our vision is for adopted children, young people and adults to lead happy fulfilling lives in loving families supported by a strong voluntary adoption sector.Find out more
What is a Voluntary Adoption Agency?
VAAs are independent, not for profit organisations which are smaller than most statutory agencies and offer a personalised service to adopters from all backgrounds.
VAAs work in partnership with local authorities and regional adoption agencies across the whole of the UK to find families for children in care who are unable to stay with their birth relatives. There are 34 registered voluntary adoption agencies covering every region and country of the UK.
Why adopt through a VAA?Find out more
A warm welcome
Whether you already know your stuff, or are just starting on your journey, VAAs will meet you where you are.
Our members will help you create a family that is just right for you and your children. They are always on your side.
An excellent standard of quality
Of CVAA’s 24 members, almost all are independently rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. You’re in good hands.
Your VAA will be there for you and your children for life. Adoption is a lifelong journey, not a destination.
Find a local VAA agency that’s right for you.
For support, advice, and information, or to embark on your adoption journey, find a local Voluntary Adoption Agency that’s right for you.
VAAs will be with you every step of the journey.
Latest news & updatesView all
CVAA Conference 2023: 21st Century Adoption- responding to children’s needs in the modern era
CVAA launches new advice guide for people considering adopting siblings
Closure of Adoption Service: Action for Children
Upcoming training, workshops & eventsView all
Transracial Placements: How Lived Experience can improve Adoption Practice
Expert-led training co-delivered with Jan Way MBE at CoramIAC
Blended Families: Adoption from the Birth Child’s Perspective
Expert-led training delivered by Jan Way MBE, IAC The Centre for Adoption
Assessing Prospective Adopters Considered for Sibling Groups
Training session delivered by Maggie Davies and Rachel Makin, senior adoption practitioners at Coram Ambitious for Adoption
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