Adoption UK Charity

Chance to Thrive – Empowering Adopted Young People

More than half of Adopted Young People struggle with their mental health. Adoption UK want to ensure our services are there to support them and their families, raising their voices so they have an equal chance to thrive, and secure a bright future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1160647)

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Championed by Anonymous Champion


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Three quarters of the children adopted today have been removed from their birth families due to abuse or neglect. Early trauma affects a young person’s mental health, ability to trust and future chances. Half of adopted young people (aged 16+) have sought help with their mental health and the numbers are rising. Yet three quarters struggle to get the right support. “We are left to deal with our own mental health at school and at home, we bottle it all up and have to put a mask on.”


AUK is committed to supporting and empowering adopted young people. We will work with them to develop the services they need. Raise their voices, connect them with peers, learn new skills and form positive relationships. Young people attending our ‘Connected’ service in Wales, are already benefitting: “After learning that other people found it hard growing up, I have felt I could also tell my story.  It has given me support and motivation to push on, ask questions and demand answers."

  • “Being able to talk about adoption & my adoption experience has benefited me tremendously throughout my life. It has given me a stronger understanding of myself, my upbringing & a deeper understanding for others and the struggles they may face.”

    — Anon

  • It was a fun experience, but a bit scary because I don’t always have a lot of confidence talking in front of people I don’t know. But I felt really happy that I was able to put across my points, and it felt like she was listening and really wants to make a change.

    — Anon

  • Thank you for creating the right environment for our daughter to have a voice and for what this is doing to her self-esteem. She is such a caring, talented young lady ... But often people don’t see it

    — Anon