All children should have families to look after them and help them to become strong, healthy and happy grown-ups. Families come in all shapes, sizes and colours. All children start off with a birth family, as everyone has a birth mum and dad. In some families, the mums or dads are not able to do all the things they should do to keep their children safe, healthy and happy, and not all children are able to live with their birth families so they need new families. To find out more about adoption, please visit the Adopt Thames Valley website.