Adoption UK Charity

Chance to Thrive – empowering adopted young people

AUK’s chance to thrive youth programme addresses mental health issues in adopted young people through connections to peers in safe environments & specialist support. Our programme will empower adopted young people helping them use their voices to make much needed change for future generations.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1160647)

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Campaign target





  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Adopted young people report needing ongoing support to address their & complex needs. Adoption UK’s recent survey of 2600 adopted young people reports that 45% of adopted 16-25 year old's were involved with mental health services in 2021. Mainstream youth services create a barrier to participation due to the lack of specialist support & understanding. This results in feelings of isolation & a greater need for mental health support. “The fear of abandonment is not just fear, it is a reality "


Adoption UK is committed to increasing the number of adopted young people across the country who are given access to our youth programme. By addressing the lack of bespoke support services we will be able to address both adopted young people's mental health and their future education and employment. Our methodology proposes that young people who feel supported and valued will be positively engaged, develop new skills and be better able to navigate life’s challenges.

  • “I would like to have a children's magazine which will help people like me to help me understand what adoption means to others and what other people think about it. It would be nice to read this in my own time.”

    — Have Your Say Focus Group attendee, 2021

  • “I grew up without knowing anyone, when I joined the group it was a massive ego boost, a change, because finally I was with people who understood, who had similar experiences. They are some of my best friends today”.

    — Youth Group member, 2021

  • “when doing activities with other adopted young people; they can relate to you/you feel less alone/there is one less barrier/we don’t have to explain ourselves/the staff get us”. 

    — Youth Group attendee

  • We have to deal with the repercussions of no 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 and an extra mask for school”

    — Young Adopted Person