Adoption Now: Support launched for birth parents

Adoption Now recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver support to the birth families of the children it places for adoption.

Recognising the impact the adoption process has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of providing adoption support, will provide a proactive and flexible service to meet the specific needs of these families.

The service will help birth parents and relatives navigate the complexities of the adoption process at each stage, through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. The approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact.

Tracey Beekman, Business Development Manager, commented, “At After Adoption we understand the needs of all those affected by adoption. Often socially stigmatised, every birth parent has their own story, which has led to their child or children being removed. Many are struggling with issues such as abuse, mental health problems, learning difficulties, homelessness, poverty and drugs and/or alcohol misuse. Intense feelings of loss, guilt, loneliness and failure do have a huge psychological impact that further affects their self-esteem and life choices.

“We are passionate about ensuring these birth relatives and parents can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

Karen Barrick, Head of Adoption Now,  commented,  “We are pleased to have commissioned After Adoption to deliver this much needed independent service to birth families and know that their expertise in this area will be invaluable.”

Adoption Now’s Support for Birth Parents is available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Regional Adoption Agency, which brings together the local authority adoption services for six areas in the North West of England – Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Tameside and Oldham. Referrals to the service from relevant agencies in the area are also being encouraged as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure effective engagement.

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption actionline on 0800 0568578 or email actionline@afteradoption.org.uk

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support