Adoption Information Line: provides information and advice on different aspects of adoption.

Adoption UK: provides support, friendship and information to adopters and prospective adopters.

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland: It provides free, confidential, impartial and independent advice on your rights (including benefits and housing, employment rights and discrimination, debt and tax issues).

Barnardo's NI: a big children's charity, which runs projects across Northern Ireland such as counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training, and disability inclusion groups.  

Information on adoption and fostering

Barnardo's Parenting Matters: Provides parenting education programmes to groups across Northern Ireland.  It has an accredited parent facilitator training programme.

Care in Crisis: provides help with crisis pregnancy, relationships, miscarriage, bereavement, post-abortion, self-esteem and stress.

Children’s Law Centre (based in Northern Ireland): Using the law to promote, protect and realise Children's Rights.

Citizens Advice Bureau: advice charity working against poverty, and meeting the information and advice needs of people in Northern Ireland.

The Fostering Network: Provides training courses for foster carers and fostering services, peer mentoring and advice for sons and daughters of foster carers, and information and counseling services for anyone involved in fostering. 

Gingerbread Northern Ireland: Organisation supporting one parent families.

NHS Choices: information on alcohol issues.

Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem Agency (NIGALA): The Guardian ad Litem is an independent officer of the Court who is experienced in working with children and families. Under the Children (NI) Order 1995, a Guardian ad Litem is appointed to safeguard the interests of children who are the subject of Court proceedings.  This may be either adoption or care proceedings.  You will find more information about them in this website:

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

An introduction to social housing providers in Northern Ireland.

Parenting NI: Help and Support for families.

Statistics on child protection and Looked After Children in Northern Ireland.

Voices of Young People in Care (VOYPIC): charity that helps young people in care in Northern Ireland. 

Women’s Aid: An organisation that provides a wide range of services to women and children affected by domestic violence throughout Northern Ireland.

YoungMinds: national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, through giving advice, training, campaigning and distributing publications:

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