About us

Originally a government-funded helpline, IAC (in its formative guise) became the independent charity, Overseas Adoption Helpline in 1997, established by director Gill Haworth.


In the intervening years, IAC developed from an organisation that offered services to prospective intercountry adopters to a fully-fledged adoption agency, providing a comprehensive service to people considering both domestic and intercountry adoption. The agency also caters to adopted adults, birth relatives and to professionals working in the intercountry field. It is now the lead agency in the Intercountry Adoption Regional Adoption Agency for England, working in partnership with Adoption Matters and Nugent Adoption in the North West of England and ARC Adoption North East in the North East of England.


The agency is accredited by the governments of China (Special Needs children), India, Kazakhstan and The Philippines to offer services to prospective parents seeking to adopt from those countries and has working agreements with Bulgaria and South Africa.  IAC is the only UK agency to have such arrangements and as such can offer a more supportive service to prospective adopters and can liaise with placing agencies or Central Authorities directly.


In 2012, IAC’s registration with Ofsted was expanded to include domestic adoption, a decision designed to offer potential adoptive families more choice in their paths to parenthood.

IAC was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its 2014 and 2017 inspections.

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The IAC Mission statement

IAC’s works to find homes for children wherever they live. Find out more about this agency’s ethos and way of working.

What people say about IAC

As an agency we want to offer anyone who comes through our door professionalism and efficiency. Find out what others think about our services.

Supporting IAC

IAC is a voluntary adoption agency and a charity and in order to continue to develop services and to build and support links overseas IAC needs to fundraise. Find out how you could support IAC

IAC's Statement of Purpose

Our Statement of Purpose explains how our agency works with our service users. To read the Agency Statement of Purpose click the link below.