Building the foundations for a happy future.

SafeBase is After Adoption’s therapeutic parenting programme for all adoptive families. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships within the family, giving children the confidence to feel safe and secure with their parents.

It was brilliant to meet other adoptive parents and share our mutual struggles and love for our children. The course helped me understand more about my son and his development. With the knowledge I gained, I was able to approach my son in a different way and as a result we have a more peaceful home. It has made parenting fun and I feel my bond with my son is so much closer now. It really was a life changing experience. – Parent who completed our SafeBase programme

SafeBase is different because we provide a flexible and individual approach recognising that every family has different needs. SafeBase works by:

  • Providing practical strategies tailored to your family
  • Strengthening family wellbeing and hope for the future
  • Putting attachment and child development into context for your family
  • Explaining the impact of early adversity on brain development
  • Building secure attachments
  • Creating support networks


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About the Programme

SafeBase is a 3-part programme which includes a family session, the 4-day parenting programme, and ongoing parent support groups.

Part 1: The Family Session

The Family Session is a tool based on the principles of Theraplay®. It is used to help you understand the interactions within your family.

Part 2: 4-Day Therapeutic Programme

Following on from the Family Session, we send you information about the nearest SafeBase programmes in your area so you can choose which is the most convenient for you.

Part 3: Ongoing Support

Once parents have completed the programme, they are invited to attend a 2-hour parent support group, led by the SafeBase trainers.

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.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years

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

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.

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.


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

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Get in touch

To find out more call: 0161 830 2021 or email

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support