ARC Adoption NE is one of three national Independent Adoption Agencies in the UK, set up to encourage more people to adopt.


ARC Adoption NE is a not for profit Independent Adoption Agency located in Sunderland. The experienced team, who feel it is a privilege to work in the field of adoption, use their extensive knowledge and skills to increase the opportunities for children to experience a positive family life.


ARC Adoption North East take prospective adopters through the process whilst making them feel valued and supported. Working in partnership with Local Authorities ARC Adoption North East help deliver outstanding services to some of the most vulnerable children in their care.

Through various memberships including; The Northern Consortium of Adoption Agencies; CoramBAAF; The Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA); New Family Social and of Adoption UK and The Regional Adoption Board.


ARC Adoption North East aim to make a major contribution to the adoption process and to seek continuous improvement in all that we do.

ARC Adoption North East operate from the following core values:

  • Respect for the individual; child, adult, adopter, customer or member of staff
  • Building positive relationships through open & honest communication
  • Being open-minded, creative and adventurous
  • Encouraging a culture of growth and learning
  • Developing a positive ‘team’ spirit
  • Strive to do more with less
  • Encourage a sense of fun and positivity in all we do

Whether you are a prospective adopter, making those first steps on your journey towards adoption, or a Local Authority seeking an agency to work in partnership with, we hope you feel inspired to learn more by contacting us today.


To start your adoption journey or for further information please call 0191 516 6466 or visit




Here’s what some of our previous adopters have to say about us!

Our Adoption experience was made so much easier thanks to the caring professionalism of our allocated social worker Lorraine Jefferson. She advised, supported and encouraged us every step of the way and our family will be forever grateful.”


We adopted two children with the help of Terry, Lorraine, Jill and Angela. Their dedication to the job and the compassion towards prospective adopters was second to none. An awesome team!!!!”


I would have no hesitation in recommending this adoption agency after successfully adopting two wonderful children, with the help and support of the best Team ever.”


When we first considered adoption a friend recommended that I contact Lorraine who was working for a Local Authority Adoption Agency. I was nervous and unsure. I had to attend the first couple of sessions alone as my husband worked away. The whole team made me feel comfortable and it’s because of them and the support they gave that we are now the parents of two wonderful children. I continued the trend and encouraged a friend who was considering adoption, to contact this fantastic team, she too is now the mother of two wonderful children.”


 Alfie and Aimee




Independent Adoption Agency



Unit 29, North East Business and Innovation Centre 
Sunderland Enterprise Park East 



Tyne and Wear

Postal Code





North East



Primarily we cover the whole of the North East region of England from Northumberland, across to Cumbria and down to North Yorkshire. However, we will consider expressions of interest from anywhere within the UK.



Phone Number


0191 516 6466



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