Adopting a child is a life-changing decision, so you’re going to be helped at every stage once you’ve made your application to give you plenty of preparation for any difficulties, starting with training courses and followed by other events and workshops for you and your family.
Preparation training courses
Your assessment to become an adopter starts with two stages of training. You’ll have the choice of course dates during the week or at weekends.
The first stage is a one-day training course to give you an introduction to adoption. We’ll explore the different types of adoption such as Fostering to Adopt to see which route is right for you. You’ll also have the chance to ask us any questions.
The second stage is a three-day training course on the adoption process. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the meaning of adoption and child development, plus how you can apply the principles of positive parenting.
We’ll also walk you through how we match children with adopters and how an adopted child or birth parent can contact each other after adoption.
There will be a chance for you to hear from guest speakers, including an experienced adopter and a foster carer. You will also be invited to training for paediatric first aid and care of infants.
Further workshops and adoption seminars
You’ll get plenty of chances to learn the many parts of adopting through different classes and exercises during the second phase of training.
We’ll link you up with a mentor who has previously adopted through our friends at The Cornerstone Partnership.
You can also bring your close friends and family to a relatives’ workshop to help them learn more about the needs of adopted children and how they’ll be able to give you their support.
We also use virtual reality headsets to simulate what it’s like for children in adoption and to help you understand ways you can support them.
You’ll come to some advanced courses if you’ve completed training and had a child matched, or we can give you a taster of different workshops with the option to sign up to the full course later.
You can get advice and information from our post-adoption team after you’ve adopted your child, but we’ll keep you regularly updated by email about any extra training and support groups.
Examples of our Adoption Support:
- Adoption Changes Under 12s (7 sessions)
- Adoption Changes Over 12s (7 sessions)
- Theraplay Workshops
- Support Groups and Workshops
- Stay and Play Sessions
- Soft Play Sessions
- Activity and Family Fun Days
- Activities for adopted children
- Consultations with our Educational Psychologists
- Video Interactive Guidance
- Adoption Support Fund – Adopt South can make applications for funding for therapeutic services via an Adoption Support Need Assessment.
Adoption support is available from the moment a child moves into your home and not just after an Adoption Order is made.