New Family Social

A UK charity and social network led by LGBT+ foster carers and adopters providing advice and support to anyone from the LGBT+ community as they take their journey to becoming parents and carers.

New Family Social, Harvey’s Barn, Park End, Swaffham Bulbeck CB25 0NA

020 3880 2683


PAC-UK exists to improve the lives of families and individuals affected by adoption and other forms of permanence by providing access to a range of individually tailored services and appropriate support depending on need. In addition they increase the awareness and knowledge of professionals and the general public.

PAC-UK, Family Action Head Office, 34 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GR

020 7284 5879 (Mon, Tue & Fri 10am-4pm and Wed & Thur 2pm-7.30pm)

[email protected]

Life Story Works

This website aims to help adopters increase their understanding of what a life story book is and shows how it is possible to create one. The site is aimed at adoptive parents but it is hoped that Special Guardians will also find food for thought and useful advice through exploring the site. It attempts to address the difference between life story work and the creation of a book. There is a section that looks at difficult questions from children and conversations that any adopter or special guardian might need to consider.

Department for Education and Skills

Government website, where information is available on Special Guardianship. 

DfE, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD

0370 000 2288 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)

Family Lives

A charity helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They recognise the best way to support families is to provide professional, non-judgmental support.

Family Lives, 15-17 The Broadway, Hertfordshire, AL9 5HZ

020 7553 3080

Family Rights Group

Family Rights Group offer an advice line and their website provides a range of advice sheets for Special Guardians.

Family Rights Group, 2nd Floor, The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

0808 801 0366 (Mon-Fri 9.30-3pm excluding Bank Holidays)


Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions and supports the vital role of grandparents in children's lives. Their help and advice is especially relevant for Special Guardians. See their coronavirus update about the support they are providing during this period.

0300 123 7015

National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC)

An organisation who provide neutral, safe and comfortable places around England where children and separated families can enjoy contact.

Second Floor Offices, Friary Chambers, 26-34 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ

0845 4500 280 / 0115 948 4557 (Mon to Fri 9am-1pm)