Welcome to The Centre for Adoption Support and Education

Therapy Services

Updated August 2019

If you are interested in our Hearts and Minds Parenting Programme:

then we do have places on future dates. This programme is open to all adoptive families in the region and for details of the next 8 week course starting May 2020 click here

If you are interested in a Clinical Assessment and/or Therapy:

In 2016, CCS identified a high level of need for a local therapeutic service, and following the receipt of government funding we had the opportunity to pilot a new Therapeutic Service for the region which started in June 2017.  Since that time over 100 young people and their families have been able to benefit from the services we have provided. However, with that additional funding no longer available to us, we have needed to undertake a robust review of the  services we can continue to offer. We have therefore decided to focus on working with our existing families and in the future to only accept referrals from families that have been approved by CCS Adoption.  The reason for this is that the ASF funding provided does not cover the true costs of running our service. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we feel passionate about wanting to preserve the quality and efficiency for the families we have already started working with and those approved by CCS Adoption.  For families that have not been approved by CCS, we are sorry if this is disappointing  news but hope that you will understand that we cannot continue to deliver services without the necessary funding.

Therefore, unless you are a CCS family or already within our service, we are unable to offer a clinical assessment or therapy package  to your family at this time.

We hope you will continue to explore our website as we do have many other resources that your family can access such as  social events, groups, courses and workshops. These include the following monthly groups – LGBT coffee mornings; Sunday Well Being events, offering specialist support worker availability for Single Adopters; Early Permanence Support group; After school club; The A Team (for teenagers) and weekly Tots groups. Remember also to sign-up to our regular E-newsletters.

We also run a separate Mums’ group and a Dads’ group which are regular support groups for adoptive parents to share and talk about the challenges and joys of adoptive parenting and share ideas and strategies about what helps. These groups are facilitated by Andrew Lister, The Centre’s Clinical Psychologist. The group is open to all approved adopters in the region from any agency. Please contact info@adoptionsupportcentre.org if you are planning on attending. Future dates and further information can be found through the links above. The groups run from 7-9pm at The Centre.