'Nurture the Journey' is Adoption Focus' adoption support package, tailored to the needs of each family. This programme is offered to everyone who registers to adopt with Adoption Focus and lasts a lifetime. In addition to the continuing support of your dedicated and experienced social worker, our support includes training and workshops, direct work with children, expert advice, literature, support groups, social events, newsletters, a referral to our buddy scheme, work with schools or just a chat to help reassure you that you’re not alone.

All applicants begin with our preparation training which we run in groups throughout the year. You'll meet other applicants at the same stage, learn more about the process and the children, as well as child development and the best ways to support adopted children. You'll also meet some our adopters hear about their experiences.

On completion of training and when your checks and references are returned to us, if you decide that you want to be assessed, we can start Stage Two.