Privacy policy

Adoption NoW

Adoption NoW is coordinated by Bolton MBC and is responsible for carrying out the following functions on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside local authorities:

  • Recruitment of adopters
  • Family finding for children who need to be adopted
  • Support of adoptive families
  • Ensuring that support services are in place for families of children who have been placed for adoption

Regional Adoption Agencies are provided for in The Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the Education and Adoption Act 2016 section 15. Their aim is to find adoptive families for children who need them, to support the adoptive family in caring for that child and to ensure that birth families receive the support which they need.

The six participating local authorities are working closely together to ensure that adoption services are delivered effectively, efficiently and to a high standard. Working together as five authorities it is possible for us to:

  • Match children and adopters more quickly and more effectively
  • Recruit adopters to meet the specific needs for the children waiting to be adopted
  • Provide a comprehensive range of support services to adoptive families


Adoption NoW respects your privacy and recognises how important it is that personal information remains secure. This statement describes how Adoption NoW collects and uses information about people who visit our website. If you have any questions about this statement please contact:

Karen Barrick – Head of Adoption NoW.

Your personal data is protected by UK legislation, specifically the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) 2003. We aim to exceed our legal obligations by following best practice and reviewing our procedures. Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner for the United Kingdom for the purposes for which personal information is collected on this website.

Your use of our website is governed by our website Terms & Conditions and use of other Adoption NoW services is governed by any applicable terms as well as this Privacy Notice.

  • What information does Adoption NoW collect about me and how is it obtained?

  • How does Adoption NoW use my information?

  • How secure is the information which I give to Adoption NoW?

  • How does Adoption NoW us 'Cookies'?

  • What about links to other websites?

  • Does Adoption NoW share my information with anyone else?

  • How can I access the information that Adoption NoW holds about me?