Hannah is the Adoption Register Manager at the National Adoption Service and has been a social worker for twenty years. 


Working with children and families throughout her career, Hannah has worked as a childcare social worker, an Independent Reviewing Officer, where she oversaw children’s care plans, and most recently as the Adoption Register Manager. 

In her work with the Adoption Register, Hannah works with newly approved adopters, and children who are waiting for a family, as they come on to the adoption register. 

Alongside the experienced Adoption Register team, Hannah helps to identify potential matches between children and prospective adopters through close and regular communication with agencies. 

Her main role is to ensure the register works well in terms of matching children with adopters who have the skills, qualities, and lifestyle to ensure the child’s needs are properly met. 

Considering factors like identity, health, and contact, her aim is to ensure children and families are given the best opportunity to be successfully matched.

Hannah says…
“The main skills and qualities that social workers look for in prospective adopters are patience, compassion, and flexibility. Alongside, the ability to take each day as it comes and adapt to new challenges.
“Adopters will need to have empathy, resilience and most of all, a sense of humour.
“Above all, they will need to be able to offer a child a safe, stable, and nurturing home where they are able to meet the child’s needs.”

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