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Training for prospective adopters

We want our prospective adopters to be as prepared as they can be for the challenges of parenthood so we offer plenty of training for those going through the adoption process. All our prospective adopters will have a designated social worker who will guide and support them throughout the adoption journey.

 

The mandatory training days includes preparation training in stage 1 (3 days) and therapeutic parenting training in stage 2 (1 day). Some adopters call the training days ‘preparing for parenthood’ as it includes information on the children and knowledge needed to parent an adopted child.

 

The stage 1 preparation training will provide detailed information about the process, the types of traumas that our children experience, introduction to therapeutic parenting, attachment and preparing you for the reality of parenting a child that has experienced trauma. We make it interactive and ensure the activities and information is based around our children’s needs. It’s important that all prospective adopters are open with learning about the different aspects that come with adoption such as contact with birth family and the life story work.

 

The training days are also reflective and it’s a chance for attendees to think about their own childhood and how they intend to parent in the future. We also invite a range of speakers to attend including a previous adopter, an adoption support worker and a foster carer. The training days are currently face to face and provides a great support network opportunity, many of our adopters go on to be friends for years after their training.

 

“I have come away from the preparation training with much more knowledge than I started with, the preparation training has given a good foundation and I am looking forward to building on this by continuing with training and learning.  I also feel the preparation has given clarity on some area’s I was maybe unsure of to start with.”

 

The stage 2 training is a one day course and is based on therapeutic parenting techniques. We would advise anyone thinking about adopting to read up on this topic, research has shown this type of parenting is a useful and effective style for children that have experienced trauma.

 

We also host friends and family training, its important that our prospective adopters have a strong support network. They can attend an online training sessions to learn more about the children and how best to support their loved ones going through the adoption process.

 

If you want more information on the support we provide, request an information pack or watch our latest YouTube videos