Covid-19 adoption support packages

We are delighted to offer a range of new and adapted services to support families during the Covid-19 outbreak. We understand that during lockdown and other restrictions on everyday life, many parents, carers and children are feeling the strain.

These services have been made possible by the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), which has made extra therapeutic support available outside of the usual ASF application process in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

These support packages are designed to help parents and carers reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on their family life, offering practical steps to cope better and become more resilient now and in the future.

All these packages are available to:

  • Coram approved adopters and families
  • Adopters approved by, or living in, one of the following local authorities (must be eligible for support):
    • Harrow
    • Hillingdon
    • Waltham Forest
    • Redbridge
    • Bromley
    • Kensington & Chelsea
    • Westminster
    • City of London
    • Slough Children’s Trust

The Covid-19 support packages will be available until the end of September, although some courses may last beyond this date. Some offers have limited availability, but we hope as many parents and carers as possible will be able to benefit from this targeted support over the next few months. 

Parents and carers can of course continue to make of use the Adoption Support Fund in the usual way through contact with their local service or agency.

Some of the sessions below are not yet available. If you would like to register your interest and be notified when they are available, please leave your details in the form below

Adopter hub

The adopter hub provides adopters with online access to peer support and experienced practitioners to help reduce isolation. The support includes webinars on staying positive whilst home schooling, home schooling children with additional behavioural needs, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, single adopters during pandemic, and adult mental health. 

If you are interested in accessing the adopter hub contact [email protected]

Parenting workshops and webinar series

Children’s feelings about adoption and how adoptive parents can help

This workshop for adopted parents will take place on 8 September, 11.00am-12.30pm 

During this seminar, Julie Young, Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia, will talk about the crucial role of adoptive parents in family communication around adoption. It will include helping young people make sense of their adoption story in a safe and beneficial way and managing any contact with their birth family. Book now.

Webinar series for adoptive parents 

These sessions, for adoptive parents, are delivered by trained therapist Gill Tree.

Non-violent resistance principles - 15 September, 4.30-6.30pm 

Building resilience to lockdown stress - 30 September, 4.30-6.00pm

Parenting workshops

These online sessions will support parents with managing transitions, boundaries, attachment and atunnement.

These sessions can be attended individually, or you can attend all three. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite below.

Transitions - 21 July, 1.15-2.45pm

Connections and boundaries, 19 August, 1.15-2.45pm

Attunement and attachment, 26 August, 1.15-2.45pm 

Virtual training

Therapeutic training for parents of adoptive teenagers

These sessions will address issues of family dynamics and behaviours exacerbated by lockdown and changes to family life through Covid-19. Over three sessions they will provide practical parenting strategies, with a pre-session call and follow-up support call.

The sessions will take place on: 

Tuesday 4 August, 6.30-8.30pm
Tuesday 11 August, 6.30-8.30pm
Tuesday 18 August, 6.30-8.30pm

If you are interested in attending this support group contact [email protected]

Therapeutic training for adoptive parents

With the support of a clinical psychologist and adoption support social worker these groups will provide timely support, insight and guidance into child development, parenting and the early permanence journey (pre and post placement). They will take place from mid-July until September.

More information on how to access to follow. Please sign up below to be notified once it's available.

Therapeutic support

Non-violent resistance (NVR) webinars

NVR is an evidence based therapeutic approach to parenting used to help manage issues of conflict, control and violence. These sessions will explore what NVR is and how to use it in your family context. 

Adopters and carers welcome.

There will be eight weekly sessions on Mondays at 12.30pm. The dates will be:

  • 20 July
  • 3 August
  • 24 August
  • 7 September
  • 14 September
  • 21 September
  • 28 September
  • 5 October 

These sessions will take place online via Zoom or MS teams.

To sign up, email [email protected]. View our NVR leaflet for more information. 

Virtual creative therapies

These online sessions will provide parents, carers and families with virtual support tailored to meet immediate needs of children, parents and carers with sessions involving of music, art, or therapeutic parenting interventions.

More information on how to access to follow. Please sign up below to be notified once it's available.

Time to Breathe: a mindfulness group for parents and carers

Time to Breathe is a six week mindfulness group to help reduce stress for parents and carers. Mindfulness is about developing an awareness of the present moment with acceptance and compassion - doing so can help to reduce stress and promote wellbeing.

The sessions will take place online via Zoom.

Counselling/wellbeing brief therapy

We are offering adoptive parents and carers up to eight sessions to support your family with coming out of lockdown in a therapeutic and confidential environment.

These sessions will take place online on Wednesdays in July and Tuesdays or Wednesdays in August. If you're interested, download a referral form and send to [email protected]. See our Brief Therapy leaflet for more information.

The Harmony Group

This is a dedicated group for adopted parents. The Harmony group involves sessions with a therapist, with  other adopters with young children and infants. The group helps with the impact of disruption to your support regimes and with pre-school readiness using creative therapy. Participation in the group includes a family pack (art and music instruments).

More information on how to access to follow. Please sign up below to be notified once it's available.

 

Register your interest

Some of the events above are not yet available. Please fill in the form below to be notified via email when they are open. We ask for your local authority or adoption agency to ensure you are eligible for the support. See our privacy policy for how we use your information. 

 
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