There are mandatory sessions that applicants must complete prior to either the Adoption Panel for their approval or Matching Panel, these are:
Preparing to adopt
The preparation course is offered as part of the assessment process and needs to be undertaken in stage one. The course will help prospective adopters to:
Life Story Work
The overall goal of Life Story Work is to help children to piece together a complete narrative of their lives. This includes their life history and information about relatives, friends, carers, places lived and key life events, as well as personal achievements. Life Story Work may also help children to plan for their future as a result of understanding their past and the effect that it has had on them.
The effects of domestic violence on children
Children and young people are traumatised by living with domestic abuse. This course enables learners to understand the key issues facing these children, and how to help them to develop resilience and become more able to grow towards healthy and positive adult life.
Attachment and Trauma
Children who are adopted have often during their early life experiences been subject to neglect and abuse. Because of this adopted children have more emotional and mental health needs, as well as more behavioural difficulties than most children. Their difficulties start before they are adopted and are routed within relationships with adults. Adoption offers stability, security and a good relationship and can help children and young people to develop and mature emotionally. It can repair some of the damage that has been done and be an integral part of the healing process. Understanding how we are built, what happens to us through childhood trauma and how we can recover, offers us a comprehensive understanding of how we can create change for our children.
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a set of entirely preventable mental and physical birth defects caused by maternal alcohol consumption. The damage is manifested in physiological, learning and behavioural disabilities in the individual. This course enables learners to understand what FASD is, the physical and cognitive features of the disorder and the impact that it can have on children and their families.
More support for adopters and birth families…
Whether you’ve been adopted yourself or you’re an adoptive parent, find out more about post adoption support services available to you.
Our team of post-adoption social workers provide support for adopted adults who wish to connect with birth family members.
Our Letterbox service is a way for adopted children to stay in contact with their birth families throughout childhood.
If you’re interested in adoption, need additional support, or just want to ask us some questions, we’d love to hear from you.
You can also speak to an adoption worker for an informal chat, and we can then send you an information pack.
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