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Adopting or fostering a child in care

Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you'll ever make.  There are around 4,000 children in England who need to be adopted every year, and many more who need fostering. According to…

LGBT paths to parenthood

The number of LGBT people becoming parents, or thinking about becoming parents, is increasing. If you're thinking about having children, here's an overview of the various routes to parenthood available to you. This page covers: donor insemination co-parenting adoption surrogacy trans and non-binary parents Donor…

'We adopted after IVF'

After unsuccessfully attempting IVF, Andrew McDougall and his wife adopted their two-year-old son in January 2013. Here Andrew describes their adoption journey to date and shares his tips for other new adopters. "When my wife and I discovered that we would struggle to have our…

After adoption: what help can we get?

During the adoption process, it is important to find out what support package will come with your child to help with any special or additional needs they may have. Some needs may not become apparent until later, perhaps during adolescence, so it's important that you know where to…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…

Diabetes in children: what to expect

If your child is diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel overwhelmed, angry and worried about the future. A diabetes care team can help with the challenges that lie ahead. Most children who develop diabetes will have type 1 diabetes, which is where the body is unable…

Hepatitis B vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccination is routinely available as part of the NHS vaccination schedule. It's offered to all babies at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. It's also offered to those thought to be at increased risk of hepatitis B or its complications. The vaccine gives protection against the hepatitis B…

Student sex

For many students, living away from home for the first time can provide more opportunity than ever before for having sex. It's important you don't feel pressured into having sex and, if you do want to, you practise safer sex.  The organisation Student Beans conducted the Students and Sex 2012…

Cancer and fertility

Cancer, and some cancer treatments, can affect your reproductive health. It could be worth considering ways of preserving your fertility before starting your treatment. When you're told you have cancer, your ability to have children (your fertility) may be the furthest thing from your mind.…

Practitioner Toolkit

The Practitioner Toolkit contains information and tools for issues arising in work with children, young people and families. This page contains resources on concerns which might arise while helping a child or family, organised by topics, linked to searches for local organisations which can support work around…