Our friendly expert team comprises an experienced manager, social workers and social work assistants who continue to support our adoptive families for as long as they need us.

Adoptive parents can sometimes feel de-skilled or rejected when their children don’t allow them to get close or if troubled behaviours persist over time. Peer support can be invaluable in helping adoptive parents to realise they are not alone and that their experiences are normal.

We provide the following services:

  • A full programme of training and workshops for prospective adopters and adopters
  • training opportunities for prospective adopters and adopters
  • social events for adopters to attend with their children
  • support groups for parents and children
  • play and stay groups
  • direct work with children and families to help when they are experiencing difficulties
  • buddy scheme

Children's Guides

All children adopted by Adoption Focus adopters are provided with a children's guide which explains our role and how we and other organisations are available to help them going forward.

You can download the guide for younger children here (PDF 169KB) and the guide for older children here (PDF 95KB).

Workshops and Groups

Here's a summary of some of our most popular workshops and groups. These take place regularly throughout the year.

Family & Friends Workshop

This session is provided for family and friends of adopters. It aims to raise their awareness and understanding of the needs of adopted children, the adoption process and the most helpful support they can provide to adopters from preparation and assessment to placement, adoption order and the rest of family life.

Therapeutic Play Workshop

This workshop shows prospective adopters and adoptive parents how to use therapeutic play techniques to enhance attachment, build trust and improve a child’s self-esteem. It’s a fun, interactive, hands-on session which introduces parents to games and activities which they can use in their daily routines.

Teenagers Group

Our teenagers group brings pre-teens and teenagers together to socialise and support one another. It allows children and young people to take part in fun activities, make new friends, discuss issues regarding adoption and have an active voice in the services Adoption Focus provide.

Fathers Group

This group enables fathers and fathers-to-be to get together for a cup of coffee and talk about the rewards and challenges of parenting an adoptive child. The group is open to men in stage two of the process, men who are approved and waiting for a placements and fathers who have children.

Understanding Children's Behaviour Workshop

This workshop explores why children may present with certain challenging behaviours, covering early brain development, the attachment cycle and children’s developmental stages. It provides each attendee with a helpful tool kit of parenting strategies to take home.

Play & Stay

Adoption Focus holds regular Play and Stay sessions for our adopters and their children allowing them to meet up with other adopters in an informal setting. Different, fun activities are available for children and experienced social workers are to hand to offer advice and support.

Therapeutic Life Story Work

Therapeutic Life Story Work is designed to help children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to help children develop a healthy sense of self, a coherent and accurate story of their lives, a feeling of wellbeing and enhanced attachment with their carers.

Why choose Adoption Focus?

The adoption process in brief