Adoption Focus is committed to providing excellent post-adoption support to our adoptive families. We have a dedicated adoption support team available to respond to any queries or problems and to give advice, expertise, training and support.

We provide:

  • high quality training programmes 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 during more challenging times
  • a buddy scheme providing invaluable, peer-to-peer support

Our support for your family starts the moment you begin the process with us and lasts a lifetime.

Please contact us for more information about the support we offer or information about starting the adoption process.

Ofsted commended adoption support

Ofsted rates Adoption Focus as an 'Outstanding' adoption agency and have praised our adoption support services. Here are some extracts from our most recent Ofsted inspection report (PDF, 160KB):

  • “There is an exceptional range of pre and post adoption training and workshops available to adopters through the agency’s ‘nurture the journey’ programme. This aims to build adopters’ knowledge, confidence and capacity to meet the developing needs of their children.”
  • “Social work staff are highly skilled. They provide services to adopters and their families above and beyond what is normally expected. Theory is fully embedded in social work practice.”
  • “Children are able to receive excellent therapeutic life-story work, which sensitively helps them to understand their backgrounds and past histories. As a result, children have their needs very well met by adopters, who understand how to parent children in a therapeutic way. This level of extensive adoption support offered is a strength of the agency.”
  • “The ongoing support and training provided make this agency a leader in providing adoption and support services.”

Ofsted Inspection Report, 2018

Nurture the Journey

The cornerstone of our adoption support is 'Nurture the Journey' - a support package tailored to the individual needs of each family.

Nurture the Journey is available to everyone who goes through the adoption process with Adoption Focus and continues throughout training and into placement.

Our Adoption Support Team

Our friendly and expert team are here to support our adoptive families for as long as they need us.

Our dedicated team comprises an experienced manager, social workers and social work assistants. They listen and advise our adopters about a broad range of topics and offer a diverse programme of training, workshops and social events.

We understand that at times adoptive parents can feel de-skilled or rejected when their children don’t allow them to get close or if troubled behaviours persist over time. Recognising that both professional and peer support can be invaluable, and knowing how to provide the right support at the right time, ensures that our adopters know they are not alone.


Support from your allocated social worker

Outside of the adoption support team, our specialist adoption social workers are experienced in working with children and their families. This includes support with life story work, and contact arrangements.  Some of our team members are trained in Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), which can help some families. We are continuing to train our staff to ensure we have a range of skills and resources available to support our families.

Our adoption support services are available to all of our adopters and their children indefinitely.


How to start the adoption process