Focus: Communications - Site Visit - www.afteradoption.org.uk

After Adoption offers support and information to help people from all walks of life deal with the differences adoption brings to their lives.

The charity, which was founded in 1990, launched a new website last week to help meet the needs more effectively of the one in five people affected by adoption in the UK.

Main pages

After Adoption claims its new site "reflects the modern, dynamic edge of the charity" - in truth, however, it's a touch disappointing.

Apart from a main menu bar that could easily be more prominent, the homepage is fine - quick links, a drop-down menu, a search facility, a 'latest news' column and images all combine to produce a promising gateway to the rest of the site. Sections such as 'our services' and 'young people' provide both information and accompanying downloads, but the pages are largely charmless - they don't encourage you to hang around.

Special features

For registered users, the TALKadoption forum is a valuable arena in which people can share their experiences of adoption or the adoption process.

However, the site's new 'interactive map', allowing visitors to find out what is happening in their own regions, is poor - a diagram that takes you to pages no different from others on the site isn't really that interactive.

After Adoption says:

"The new site reflects our major recent development, so it is radically different from before. The new structure should enable people to find the support they need online right at their fingertips - quite literally."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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