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What support will I get?

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Support groups and events

We run support groups for adoptive families, such as:

  • single adopters
  • same-sex adopters
  • children’s groups.

Our events include:

  • coffee mornings
  • summer fun day and Christmas party
  • therapy groups and parenting programmes.

To find out more, email adoption.training@essex.gov.uk.

After-adoption support

We provide:

  • counselling, information and advice on a range of issues linked to adoption, such as anger, self-esteem, identity, behaviour and attachment issues
  • parenting support
  • help for children to understand how they came to be adopted, through art, talking and play 
  • support with contact between an adopted child and their birth family
  • money, for example, for special care needs
  • consultation and mediation with other agencies, such as schools and doctors.

To find out more, call 0333 013 9847 or email

post.adoptionteam@essex.gov.uk

Training

Throughout the process and after adoption, we have a range of training days and workshops available.

Our experienced social workers deliver high quality training. Adopters and applicants benefit from adding to their knowledge, as well as meeting other adopters and people going through the process to adopt.

The training courses available include:

  • Theraplay
  • Life story work
  • Communicating and connecting
  • Friends and family
  • The adopted child in school

To find out more, email adoption.training@essex.gov.uk.

Education support

More information and support

  • First4Adoption is there to give you independent information about adoption. They also offer First Steps: a resource to help you get ready for adoptive parenting, and The Adoption Passport (PDF, 288KB), which outlines the support you and your child may be entitled to.
  • Adoption Support Fund (ASF) helps families access quality therapeutic services without delay.
  • New Family Social is an organisation for LGBT+ adopters, who can have membership with New Family Social for the first three years.
  • All our adopters will have one year's free membership to AdoptionUK, a charity that supports adoptive families.

Get in touch

or call us 0800 801 530



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