Adoptive Families

At adoption@heart support is at the heart of everything we do – from supporting you through your adoption assessment process to identifying and matching you with your child and beyond.

The support you and your family need or want to access will change over time and will be different for all families. In recognition of this adoption@heart have established a multidisciplinary adoption support team comprising of a Clinical Psychologist, Play Therapists, Social Workers and Family Support Workers all of whom have experience of supporting adoptive families.

The team have developed a range of services which families can dip in and out of at different stages of their journey including the following:

Whether you need just one or two bits of our support package, or a bunch,

Our Core Offer

  • Newsletter
  • Support with Contact
  • Social Activities
  • Training Workshops
  • Support Groups
  • Advice & Counselling

Our lifelong commitment to supporting you means that by getting to know you and your family and being there with you on your adoption journey we are working in partnership with you from the outset.

Our Specialist Support Offer

  • Assessments of Adoption Support Needs;
  • Access to therapeutic interventions funded by the Adoption Support Fund;
  • Adoption focussed parenting programmes;
  • Access to therapeutic interventions including Theraplay, DDP;
  • Play Therapy;
  • Advice and Consultation with the adoption@heart Clinical Psychologist.

The team are able to offer a range of interventions for you and your family which include practical as well as therapeutic ideas.

We may also be able to assist you by signposting you to other agencies for specialist support. We know that school can be a challenging environment for some adopted children and we can support you to talk to school about the needs of your child and raise awareness of adoption related issues for some children.

More Information & Support

The Adoption Passport – which outlines the support you and your child may be entitled to.

Adoption Support Fund (ASF) helps families access quality therapeutic services without delay.

New Family Social is an organisation for LGBT+ adopters.

AdoptionUK – many of our adopters are offered one year’s free membership to AdoptionUK, a charity that supports adoptive families.

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