During Stage 1 of the adoption process we will invite you to attend two days of preparation training. In these first two days, you will learn about the children, their experiences and the process for looked after children. We will also prepare you to understand the impact that negative experiences for children have on their wellbeing.
During Stage 2 we will offer a further two days of preparation training and this will involve a more in depth opportunity to learn about child development, attachment theory and therapeutic parenting, and about contact in adoption. You will meet some adoptive parents and a birth mother. You will also meet the Agency Medical Advisor who will talk about the medicals that you are required to undergo and what you might read in a child’s medical report.
The groups are usually small enough so that we can all work and learn comfortably together, and will usually take place here at DFW Adoption’s office in Durham. We hold regular Stage 1 and Stage 2 training and we will inform you of the dates at the initial stages, details are also posted below.
Overall we will discuss the child’s journey from their family of birth through their placement with foster carers and eventually to their adoptive family. You will begin to understand the issues which affect all parties in these journeys and how they might impact on the child as they join their new family.
We areaware that some of the information can affect your emotions as we start to consider the early lives and experiences of the children involved. However, there are many reasons to be optimistic, as we reflect on the rewards to prospective adopters of parenting vulnerable children.
To a certain extent, the value of the course will reflect the amount that you put into it, so please come along and be prepared to take part. This is your opportunity to ask the questions that are important to you, you are free to share personal information with the group if you wish but will never be placed under pressure to talk about issues that are sensitive to you. All the information shared within the preparation groups is confidential to that setting and we ask you to respect this. We aim to provide prospective adopters with a good preparation for the adoption journey.
Preparation dates 2017:
Day 1 and 2
- 20th and 21st April
- 6th and 7th July
- 17th and 18th August
Day 3 and 4
- 1st and 2nd June
- 19th and 20th October