Our support after adoption

Coram offers a comprehensive programme of support to adoptive families.

Adoptive mother with two teenage childrenOur approach is primarily preventive. We aim to provide adopters with the skills for positive parenting of children who have suffered abuse, neglect or other adversity. We also offer therapeutic interventions for children and families who need this support.

How our adoption support is rated

  • The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) has awarded Coram Adoption's East Midlands branch 'promising practice' status for their support services for adopted children and young people. Read the report here.

  • It has also validated Coram's specially adapted parenting skills programme for adoptive families, which takes into account adoptive families' particular needs and circumstances. Read more here.

What adoptive parents say

Adoptive parents attending our Incredible Years and STOP parenting skills' programmes over two years reported a significant increase in confidence about their parenting skills.

We returned to Coram for parenting support for our daughter, who had experienced a lot of disruption in her early years and took longer to settle. Their after adoption groups help you understand what your child might be feeling and how to help them build up trust in you.

- Marilyn, who adopted a baby boy and his three-year-old sister through Coram

Who is eligible for our support?

  • Coram adopters: All our programmes for adoptive families are provided free of charge to Coram adopters as part of our core service. 

  • Non-Coram adopters: If you are a non-Coram adopter you can purchase our programmes directly, or on an individual, family or group basis, subject to availability. If you are interested in our programmes, please contact us to discuss the price. Payment may be met by the Adoption Support Fund, which can be accessed via your Local Authority. Creative Therapies may also be commissioned under the Pupil Premium via your child's school. Find out more about the Adoption Support Fund and Pupil Premium at First4Adoption, the dedicated information service for people interested in adopting.

  • All adopters: Life story training aimed at giving you the tools to help your adopted children make sense of their past experiences is free to all adopters, whether you adopted through Coram or not.

Watch adopted young people discuss what they want prospective adopters to know

Click on the links to find out more about our adoption support: