Training for Prospective Adopters

All prospective adopters undergo preparation training. However, with an average wait of a year before they get to panel a common complaint we hear from adopters is that much of the key information is forgotten by the time they come to actually need it.

Our training workshops for prospective adopters, are intended to be delivered either in the later stages of the home study, or in the months following approval whilst waiting to be matched with a child. They are focused on raising awareness, developing practical skills, and increasing confidence amongst prospective adopters, enabling them to experience happier, more stable placements with a reduction in disruption rates.

Understanding attachment and trauma (3 hours - £395)

Covering: Understanding the meaning and causes of attachment and trauma, how trauma effects brain development, what behaviours might be seen in children who have experienced abuse or neglect, practical strategies to deal with behaviours and promote healthy long-term attachments, and where to go for additional help.

Contact – Making it work (2 hours - £295)

Covering: What is contact and what are the benefits of this, how to manage a one off meeting with birth parents and the pros/cons of this, preparing for letterbox contact and what to write, managing direct sibling contact, managing direct contact with birth parents.

Preparing for introductions and early Placement (3 hours - £395)

Covering: Maximising the effectiveness of your family book and DVD, what information to gain from foster carers before introductions, considerations during introductions, how to maximise early bonding, using sensory experiences to ease the transition for the child, emotions during early placement and how to manage these, dealing with family and friends issues, early signs of attachment difficulties and strategies to use to reduce these, and where to go for help should problems persist. There will also be time for questions and discussions.

Please be aware that we are not Ofsted registered and therefore Local Authorities/Agencies booking our training in these subjects assume responsibility for this area of work. We are happy to discuss this further if required.

Terms and conditions - On site training

The prices quoted are based on the following:

  • A maximum of 20 participants. This is to maximise the potential for learning opportunities and discussion. We will accept additional participants at a cost of £5 per person, but please be aware that the courses are designed for groups of up to 20 and increasing this number may impact on the effectiveness of the training and the learning of participants.
  • The venue should be based within the West Midlands area. Additional costs will be incurred if the venue is outside of this area.
  • The venue should be provided by yourselves. If required, we will be happy to arrange a venue on your behalf at an additional cost, which will depend on the location.
  • Notice of cancellations must be given in writing within 5 days of the scheduled training date. After this time no refunds will be given.