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

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

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 15 September 2020, 6.30-8.30pm
Tuesday 22 September 2020, 6.30-8.30pm
Tuesday 29 September 2020, 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

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.

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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