Building the foundations for a happy future.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is our 1-day therapeutic parenting course for parents of teenagers.

The teenage years can be difficult for many young people. For adopted children challenges in the teenage years can be compounded by complications, such as managing stress, change, and issues with their identity. More than half of parents surveyed by Adoption UK in April 2014 said that their adopted child has always had problems in school but they got significantly worse in the teenage years. Nearly two thirds of parents said that the teenage years are, or were, the most difficult time for their child at school. This highlights the need for extra support for adopted children during secondary school years.

This valuable programme will help you recognise the changes and transitions during adolescence, and the challenges your teenager is facing. It will also help you feel supported and will reduce stress and family breakdown.

At the end of the programme you will:

  • Understand the developmental stages of adolescence / young adulthood, including brain development
  • Feel supported and equipped to face challenges in the teenage years
  • Feel reassured and confident about responding to your child during adolescence
  • Know how to support your child in accepting their identity

…and your teenager will feel supported and more secure in themselves.

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SafeBase Therapeutic Parenting Programme

SafeBase is After Adoption’s flagship therapeutic parenting programme for all adoptive families. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships.

SafeBase for Schools

SafeBase for Schools is based on After Adoption’s successful SafeBase therapeutic parenting programme for adopted families. It aims to help schools effectively support young adopted pupils to reach their potential.

How to access SafeBase

Our aim is to make SafeBase available to all adoptive families in the UK. So, no matter where you live or what your financial circumstances are, please get in touch so that we can work with you to help you access a SafeBase programme.

TalkAdoption for adopted young people

TalkAdoption is our national support service for adopted children and young people. We provide regular activities that offer a safe and supportive space for young adopted people to meet, have fun and have an opportunity to explore issues that are important to them.

TalkAdoption Camps and Short Breaks

Our national programme of therapeutic residential camps for 11-18 year olds helps build the confidence and self-esteem of adopted young people, whilst offering you a valuable period of respite.

Adoption Support Services

Our Adoption Support Services ensure that everyone affected by adoption has the support they need to live happier lives.

Financial support

As an adoptive parent it's important that you understand what practical support is available for you and your child.

ReUnite for adopted young people

We can support you and your family if your child decides to access their birth records or search for birth relatives when they reach 18 years old.


After Adoption has produced a range of resources for everyone affected by adoption, as well as professionals.

Get in touch

To find out more call: 0161 830 2021 or email

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support