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 have limited availability, but we hope as many parents and carers as possible will be able to benefit from this targeted support.

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.

Parenting workshops and webinar series

Sensory webinar series 

Thursday 8 October, 10am- 1pm - Calming the Turmoil Through Movement and Touch Session 1  

Thursday 15 October, 10am-1pm - Calming the Turmoil Through Movement and Touch Session 2 

Join Gill Tree for two workshops that will help you to gain an understanding of the mind body connection, the senses, the reflexes and the importance of movement. You will be offer a space to  discuss the issues your children have, and see how they can be addressed from a movement perspective.

Is your child a mixture of tantruming toddler, defiant teenager and angry adolescent all in one body, no matter what their age? Are they under or over responsive/reactive to sensory input (sounds, smells, tastes, other people)  Do they struggle with reading and writing, concentration and behaving at school. Do they have issues with physical activities such as riding a bike, swimming or climbing.

Such behaviour and developmental delay can be attributed to trauma and lack of stimulation as well as living in hostile environments before and after birth. and more.

You will learn some exercises and activities to help your child(ren) discover why touch is important to emotional and physical wellbeing

You will need to attend both sessions to make the most out of the training.

These sessions will take place via Zoom. Book via the links above.

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]

 

Virtual training

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. 

Therapeutic support

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. 

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.