Release notes

With Link Maker, our goal is to constantly progress and improve our services through assessment and customer feedback. Through our releases we unveil new features, implement enhancements and fix any bugs that might be lurking. Below you will find our recent releases and developments.

Release 1.17.1

Release date: January 25th 2021

All users

  • Improvements to site performance.
  • Fixed an issue for Android users where the hamburger menu was not always visible.
  • Fixed an issue where the horizontal data indicators on the adopters’ sufficiency chart was misaligned.


  • Made improvements to the ‘Interests & discussions’ page, separating the category sections into separate tabs.
  • Fixed an error caused by the link in the email confirmation received for a case connection to a social worker.
  • Fixed an error that occurred downloading profiles on confirmation of a match.
  • Fixed a bug affecting the display of the Personality section if the adopters had created a profile previously.

All practitioners

  • Made improvements to the ‘Interests & discussions’ page, separating the category sections into separate tabs.
  • Fixed a bug where the ‘profile review’ emails were being send to incorrect users.
  • Fixed a bug where users registering for community only access were showing a ‘stage of process’ of ‘In assessment’ for organisation verifiers.
  • Fixed an error that occurred downloading profiles on confirmation of a match.
  • Fixed an issue when generating data exports where it was unclear to the user that there was no data for the specified criteria.
  • Fixed a bug where users were unable to add documents to topics created in organisational portal/areas. 


Release date: December 8th 2020

Adoption practitioners

  • The ‘Available families’ report has been improved to remove confusion around the way contact levels were presented.

Release 1.16.13

Release date: October 15th 2020

All users

  • Improvements to site performance
  • Fixed a bug causing images to be lost on profile downloads
  • Fixed a bug caused when clicking the LA/Agency group name link in the breadcrumb
  • Fixed a bug allowing users to enter the same username and community name

All practitioners

  • Added functionality to upload videos to LA/Agency area forums
  • Added ability for practitioners to enter approval panel date for date within the past three weeks or in the future
  • Fixed a bug causing a warning banner to be hidden when expressing interest in a child profile on behalf of an excluded family
  • Fixed a bug causing the ‘Adopter activity report’ to be hidden from practitioners in a VAA
  • Fixed a bug causing cases to be hidden for practitioners after a family has deleted their profile
  • Fixed a bug relating to the sort order on the ‘Search adopters’ page

Adoption Register Wales

  • Added the ability for users from Welsh organisations to receive their alerts via SMS, with new options to manage their SMS and email alert settings

Release 1.16.12

Release date: October 8th 2020

All users

  • Created a video conferencing test room to enable users to test their devices and internet connection
  • Added the ability for moderators to restrict microphone and webcam access for participants of video meetings
  • Optimised the video room bandwidth Implemented admin solutions and further logging for video rooms
  • Fixed a bug causing an error when re-entering a video room
  • Fixed a bug causing video rooms to expand off-screen

Adoption UK community

  • Removed the 'Angry' option from ‘React to post’

Release 1.16.11

Release date: July 28th 2020

All users

  • Added an online support chat function to the site, allowing logged in users to speak directly to our support team
  • Added a browser checker to video conferencing, alerting users when their browser is unsupported and suggesting a supported browser
  • Added the ability to play video audio to participants in video conferencing
  • Removed unused icons from video conferencing interface
  • Fixed a bug causing low video streaming quality in video conferencing
  • Fixed a bug causing video conferencing rooms to close unexpectedly

AUK community users

  • Added the ability for users to add a signature for Adoption UK forum posts
  • Added the ability to ‘react’ to Adoption UK forum posts

Release 1.16.10

Release date: July 15th 2020

All users

  • When uploading a video to the site, the site now automatically detects the orientation of the video and uploads it accordingly

All practitioners

  • Fixed a bug preventing practitioners from receiving notifications of outgoing interest made by adopters they are managing
  • Fixed a bug causing inappropriate practitioners to display when transferring a case

Release 1.16.9

Release date: May 25th 2020

Adoption practitioners and families

  • Fixed a bug where when the availability of an adopters profile was not set, the display of the availability shown on the adopters profile page was incorrect. 
  • Fixed a bug where the incorrect copy was shown within a discussion that has ended relating to the profile that was deleted. 
  • Fixed a bug where in specific circumstances the ability to 'End discussion' was not available.  

Adoption practitioners

  • Fixed a bug that allowed users to create 3 different individuals against an adopter profile. 

All practitioners

  • Functionality has been added to allow practitioners to schedule video conferencing, where participation in the conference is secured by using a Link Maker login. This can be used for webinars, training, exchange days or group meetings. This feature is currently in the pilot stage, if you are interested please contact support for more information.

Release 1.16.8

Release date: May 11th 2020

All users 

  • Functionality has been added to allow users to add additional email addresses to their account in order to receive system notifications. 
  • Functionality has been added to allow users to receive SMS notifications for 'new profile alerts', 'New expressions of interest', and 'Discussion updates'. 
  • Functionality has been added to allow users to select which email address or mobile number should receive the security code, when users are logging in from a new device or location. 

Adoption practitioners

  • Added functionality that will automatically generate an adopter activity report on deletion of a adopter profile and store it against the case. 
  • Fixed an issue where deleted practitioner accounts were showing on the 'Manage accounts' page.
  • Fixed a bug where when a LA/RAA default level of search access was set to 'No search access', amending the approval status of an adopter would reset the level of access for search to 'No search access' regardless of the original setting. 

Release 1.16.7

Release date: April 30th 2020

All users 

  • Fixed various issue with email notifications generated to remind users of outstanding actions on the system.

Commissioning practitioners

  • Fix an issue where email notifications for referrals where the respond by date had past, was being sent to the incorrect practitioners. 

AUK community users

  • Fixed a bug that prevented moderators of AUK from posting images in announcements. 

Release 1.16.6

Release date: April 8th 2020

All users

  • Fixed a bug with the advanced filters on the search children page with the minimum age field.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the edit of the adoption approval panel date.
  • Fixed various bug with the email notification for enquiries needing attention.
  • Altered key statistical data regarding children and family matches wait times.

Adoption practitioners

  • Fixed a bug with subscribing and unsubscribing from an enquiry.

Commissioning practitioners

  • Added ‘short’ and ‘medium’ term to the options on expected duration on a child commissioning profile.
  • Allow all practitioner from within an organisation to access the ‘profile activity page’.
  • Added edit buttons to the ‘Organisation summary’ page.
  • Fixed a bug where the banners relating to the organisation not being able to offer a placement were visible to foster carers in the same organisation.
  • Aligned the ‘placement type(s)’ and ‘placement purpose’ option across all commissioning profiles for consistency and ease of use.

AUK community users

  • Implemented forum descriptions.