Becoming an adoptive parent demands huge adjustments – to your work life, your leisure activities, holidays and relationships.  You will also need to develop parenting skills to help you to look after children.

The preparation and training process will give you the information and advice you need to help you on your way and give you the opportunity to think about ways you can make a positive difference to the lives of the children you will become parents to.

Preparation Groups

Adoption Focus holds Preparation Groups throughout the year. All applicants need to attend the preparation groups before they can be considered as adopters.

Format

Our preparation training is provided by specialist adoption social workers and experienced adopters.  This means that it is relevant, real and professionally delivered. 

The first preparation group takes place on three separate days during Stage One of the process.  A fourth day takes place during Stage Two.

Aims

The aim of preparation groups is to prepare you for the process and the reality of adoptive parenting.  They also allow you to meet other people who want to adopt and are at the same stage of the process, as well as people who have already adopted and can tell you what it's like.


Content

You will learn about:

  • the process of adoption
  • the children and the reasons why they need adoptive families - including the effects of abuse
  • child development
  • children's behaviour
  • how children can be helped to understand their own family history

During this time, you can also find out more about adoption through your own reading and research. We provide additional training for people who are considering adopting siblings, and for people who already have birth children. We can put you in touch with other adopters, and we will answer any other questions you may have.

We also provide training for people who have already adopted, to prepare for the arrival of another child. Being an adoptive parent is a life-long learning experience and the preparation groups are only the start.

 

What our adopters say about our preparation training

"Before we started prep group we thought we had done a good job researching adoption and all the little sub-categories that go along with it. But what prep group did for us was to not only give us everything we needed to know about the process we were about to start, but also gave us the reasoning and explanations behind everything."

"The Preparation Groups were very useful and thought-provoking. Prior to this, we did not know about adoption and the issues involved. The training provided an insight into the backgrounds that children may come from, the effects on the child and how we would manage this as parents. We also liked the social aspect of the training as we had the opportunity to meet other prospective adopters and share their experiences."
"The Prep Groups had been very helpful and had opened our eyes to the realities of adoption and the background of looked after children. The groups gave us the opportunity to take a step back and consider all the implications of adoption."  

“The preparation training was excellent and gave us a really good feel for the process.”

“The preparation training was useful and thought-provoking.”

“The training was very valuable.  It opened my eyes and helped me to have a clearer understanding of the children who may be adopted.”

Next step: References and checks