The register, run by charity Norwood Ravenswood, aims to speed up the
adoption process and make it work in a more effective way. It will link suitable families with children who are waiting to be adopted.
Speaking at the launch Ms Smith said: 'The register is an extra resource for adoption agencies to use to help them identify matches for adoptive families and children.
'We are committed to increasing the rate of adoptions by 40% and the register is a vital part of meeting this target.'