What We Do

TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) is the UK’s largest charity and voluntary agency providing fostering and adoption services.

Our core work involves providing high quality and well supported fostering or adoptive families for children and young people in the care of local authorities. Working in partnership with local authorities from our offices across England, Wales and Scotland, we are dedicated to providing creative, effective and outcome-focused services. We also campaign on behalf of children and young people in care, carers and adoptive families.

“Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. Our job is to challenge the prejudice that looked after children often suffer and help heal the trauma many have suffered. Our foster carers, adopters and staff work together to ensure children’s needs are met. I am proud to be working for the fostering & adoption children’s charity TACT and to be part of an organisation that is helping looked after children to realise their aspirations”.
Andy Elvin, TACT Chief Executive


Providing children with high quality foster care is at the heart of what we do. As a charity, we passionately believe that all children deserve to live in friendly, safe and stable homes. At TACT we strive to make the entire fostering process as straightforward as possible for those interested in becoming a foster carer.

Our work as a fostering agency means that we help foster carers through every stage; from initially learning how to foster a child right through to supporting carers once they’ve become foster parents. We’re active across the UK so if you have any questions then please do get in touch with us.


As an adoption agency everything we do focuses on helping children become part of loving and caring families. For people looking to adopt a child, we go to great lengths to provide all the information needed about how to adopt. We also provide high quality advice and support throughout the adoption process and beyond – our support doesn’t just stop when the adoption order is granted; adoptive families can approach us at any time. TACT understands that adoption is for life and we will try to offer a service that meets adopters’ needs or we’ll help adoptive families to find support through other sources.

Research & Policy

As a children’s charity, TACT seeks to influence public policy around care. Our Policy, Communications and Fundraising department undertakes research and policy work in order to influence politicians and other policy makers across the UK. Much of this work also feeds into TACT’s press and campaigning work.