Helplines

Miscarriage and baby loss helplines

Sands (Stillbirth & neonatal death charity)
sands.org.uk

Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Miscarriage Association
miscarriageassociation.org.uk

The Miscarriage Association is here to provide support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

Tommy’s
tommys.org

We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Saying Goodbye
sayinggoodbye.org
Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.

Menopause and hysterectomy helplines

Menopause and hysterectomy helplines

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on the menopause and hysterectomies

NHS Choices – Menopause & Hysterectomy
Menopause
Hysterectomy

Comprehensive information from NHS and with links to other useful organisations.

Menopause Matters
menopausematters.co.uk
Hysterectomy

An independent, clinician-led website whose aim is to provide easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options, including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and alternative therapies, so that women and health professionals can make informed choices about menopause management.

Cervical cancer helplines

Cervical cancer helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on cervical cancer

NHS Choices
NHS cervical screening website for England
HPV vaccine
Cervical cancer

Comprehensive webpage with information on symptoms diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

NHS Immunisation Information
HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer immunisation page

MacMillan Cancer Care
Helpline: 0808 808 00 00
macmillan.org.uk
Cervical screening
Cervical cancer

Information on cervical cancer, including how it is diagnosed, treatments you might have, possible side effects and how to get further support.

Cancer Research UK
Helpline: Freephone 0808 800 4040
cancerresearchuk.org
Cervical cancer screening
Cervical cancer

This section of CancerHelp UK tells you about cervical cancer, from early symptoms, tests and treatment for abnormal cervical cells, through to treatment for cervical cancer, living with cervical cancer, and current research. Call the helpline to speak to a specialist nurse.

Divorce and relationships helplines

Legal Advice

Gov UK – Getting a Divorce
gov.uk/divorce
Looking after children when you divorce

Gov UK Civil Legal Advice
Helpline: 0345 345 4 345 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, Saturday 9.00 am to 12.30 pm)
gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

Community Legal Advice (CLA) is a free and confidential advice service in England and Wales paid for by legal aid. If you are living on a low income or benefits, you may be eligible for free specialist advice from legal advisers on issues including: benefits and tax credits; debt, education; housing; employment; and family problems.

Citizens Advice
Ending a relationship
Making child arrangements

Fertility, IVF, donor conception and surrogacy helplines

Fertility

Fertility Network UK
Helpline: 01424 732 361
Support Line: 0121 323 5025
fertilitynetworkuk.org

Fertility Network UK provides free and impartial support, advice, information and understanding for anyone affected by fertility issues. We are the nation’s leading patient-focused fertility charity and are here on a practical and emotional level whatever your experience of fertility issues to offer support services, information and access to a community of people affected by fertility problems.

Fertility Friends
fertilityfriends.co.uk

We are the Leading infertility community in the UK, with members at every stage of their journey. Infertility, Adoption, Parenting after infertility and Moving on - Our community is there to help you every single step of the way.

Endometriosis helplines

NHSChoices – Endometriosis

Comprehensive help and information from NHSChoices with links to external websites.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Endometriosis UK
Helpline: 0808 808 2227

Endometriosis UK is the leading UK charity dedicated to providing information on endometriosis and support for those affected by endometriosis. We’re here to provide much needed information, connect sufferers and, most importantly of all, create a network of support.

Women’s Health Concern - Endometriosis

Women’sHealth Concern (WHC) provides an independent service to advise, reassure and educate women of all ages about their health, wellbeing and lifestyle concerns, to enable them to work in partnership with their own medical practitioners and health advisers. We offer unbiased information– by telephone, email, in print, online and through conferences, seminars and symposia.

Infertility Network UK
Helpline: 0121 323 5025
infertilitynetworkuk.com
Endometriosis factsheet

Network for people experiencing fertility problems, offering phone and one-to-one support, plus excellent website including factsheets and links to further support and information.

Adoption, post adoption and fostering helplines

TACT (Formerly The Adolescent and Children’s Trust)
Tel: 0330 123 2250
(See website for details of local fostering contact numbers)
tactcare.org.uk

TACT 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 help overcome the prejudice that looked after children suffer and often help heal the damage done that led to them coming into care in the first place. Our foster carers, adopters and staff work together to ensure children’s needs are met.

Coram BAAF
See website for regional numbers
corambaaf.org.uk
All about fostering
Adoption search and reunion

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them. CoramBAAF focuses on supporting and developing all areas of permanency in the UK - adoption, fostering, kinship care as well as returning children to their parents - and the legal orders that frame these. We provide and develop the infra-structure of family placement services such as forms and practice guidance, disseminate research, share best practice and offer publications, training and support to agencies and professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. This includes social workers, those working in health, the law and other related areas of activity. CoramBAAF also offers a range of resources for those caring for children.

Barnardo’s
barnardos.org.uk
See website for regional numbers
Fostering agency
Adoption

Barnardo's is a charity which works to help vulnerable children and young people to transform their lives and fulfil their potential. Barnardo’s is a voluntary adoption agency. We help local authorities place children who might otherwise not find permanent families. The children we place will come from local authority care and we place children across England and Wales. We believe that every child has a right to family life.

NCH Action for Children
Call 0845 355 5533 to speak to one of our adoption advisors, or to request an information pack.
actionforchildren.org.uk
Fostering
Post adoption support

We believe that children need families who can help them grow up feeling good about themselves, with knowledge of their own culture, language and religion. Our projects connect adoptive families from all cultural backgrounds, reflecting the children looking for a new family. We also have specialist projects that focus on finding families for children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. We can provide information, support and intermediary services if you are an adopted adult or the birth relative of an adopted adult whose adoption was arranged through Action for Children (previously National Children's Home or NCH). The Adoption and Children Act 2002 allows adopted people and adult members of an adopted person's birth family to ask for identifying information once the adopted person reaches the age of 18. However, the Act does not give anyone the automatic right to have this information without the consent of the people involved.

Fosterline
Helpline: 0800 040 7675
fosterline.info

Fosterline is funded by the Department for Education and delivered by FosterTalk. Fosterline provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers and those interested in fostering, in order to support them in their role, aid retention and encourage recruitment of foster carers. Fosterline advisors respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on the Fosterline Interactive Forum, on Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm and every second Wednesday of the month.

First4Adoption
Contact: 0300 222 0022
first4adoption.org.uk
Foster care

First4Adoption is the dedicated information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. We give clear and impartial information about adopting and can put you in touch with adoption agencies in your area.

Gov UK – Foster Carers
Becoming a foster carer

Government fostering information, including links to local councils and fostering Agencies.

Trans-national and Trans-racial Adoption Group
ttag.org.uk

TTAG aims to provide opportunities for adoptees adopted into families whose racial and cultural heritage is different from theirs to meet each other. By developing relationships and friendships through sharing experiences and ideas, we as individuals and our organisation will become even stronger. To promote the needs of trans-nationally and trans-racially adopted adults and children on a local and national level.

Inter-country Adoption Centre
Advice Line: 0208 447 4753
icacentre.org.uk

The Inter-country Adoption Centre is a registered charity and voluntary adoption agency, and the only specialist centre for inter-country adoption in the UK. We offer a variety of services to inter-country adoptees, to prospective and established adopters, to birth families and to professionals. Our site details the services and we hope that you find it helpful and informative.

Gov UK – The Adoption Contact Register
Adoption records

The Adoption Contact Register puts adopted people and their birth relatives in touch with each other, if that is what they both wish. You can only find the whereabouts of an adopted person or birth relative if they have chosen to be entered on the Contact Register. Applicants can also record a wish for specific or no contact with a named individual. This resource will take you through the process.

Birthlink Scotland
Tel: 0131 225 6441
birthlink.org.uk

The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is a confidential computerised database. The purpose of the Register is to put adopted people and their birth parents. Birthlink now provides an After Adoption Information Line for anyone with questions about after adoption issues. Service users include adopted adults, birth parents of people adopted as children and their family members, adoptive family members, local authority social workers, voluntary adoption agencies and other professionals. Our Care Connect service helps adults who were formerly ‘in care’; either growing up in the residential care of a local authority or in a foster family to access information from records. Many of this group have the same issues as adopted adults such as lack of information about their birth parents and family which impacts on their sense of identity.

Adoption UK
Helpline: 07904 793 974 and 07539 733079
adoptionuk.org

Provides independent support, information and advice on good practice to all concerned with adoption. Run by and for adoptive parents. Membership includes BME Parents, Lesbian and gay adopters and families with disabilities.

New Family Social
Helpline: 0843 289 9457
newfamilysocial.co.uk

New Family Social promotes the care and upbringing of children by LGBT adopters and foster carers by allowing these families to socialise and share support in a safe environment. It helps to create a wide pool of adopters and foster carers by raising awareness and encouraging and supporting prospective adopters and carers, and by promoting their utilisation and fair treatment. It also works to advance public awareness and acceptance of these families in the interest of the growing number of children being cared for by them.

Stonewall
Info Line: 08000 50 20 20
Adoption and fostering
Parenting help and advice

Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. We do this in a number of different ways: by Carrying out research, developing ideas and policy that remove discrimination and improve the lives of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. By Challenging the underlying cultural and attitudinal values that allow discrimination to flourish. Changing cultures and attitudes to positively value diversity and providing information because well-informed individuals and institutions are better able to recognise how rights and responsibilities should be exercised.

Natural Parents Network - Facebook
Natural Parents Network

Natural Parents Network is a self help organisation, which offers non-judgmental, confidential and independent support to people who share similar experiences.