Welcome to TalkAdoption in the North East

TalkAdoption is in the North East!

For more information on TalkAdoption, please visit www.TalkAdoption.org.uk

After Adoption have secured funding from the Big Lottery fund to run a wide-ranging service specifically for adopted children and young people in the North East. This funding means that we are able to continue or work with adopted young people in the North East which has resulted in a number of successful projects in the past.

The TalkAdoption Team work closely with the North East TalkAdoption Steering Group (made up of adopted young people). We develop and provide events, activities and sessions for adopted children, young people and their families within safe environments where people are able to express their feelings, build their confidence and strengthen their own sense of identity.

The overarching aim of TalkAdoption in the North East is to work together to Build Stronger Families. Why not have a look at our TALKadoption Rocket to see how we aim to achieve this. Click here to view the TALKadoption Rocket.

To find out about our upcoming events, visit www.TalkAdoption.org.uk

TALKadoption in the North East is supported by:



Get Involved

Check out our event calendar with information of all our upcoming TALKadoption ‘goings on’ in the region. 

To receive regular email updates about upcoming ‘goings on’ you can register your details with us and be added to our mailing list (please be assured that your details will not be passed on to any third party, and will be used for communication purposes only to inform members of upcoming TALKadoption / After Adoption events and activities). Please contact a member of the team to do this.

Call: 0191 438 7980

Email: northeast@afteradoption.org.uk


Past Events

TALKadoption World of Curiosity and Play (July-September 2015, 10 therapeutic sessions workshop, Gateshead)

Adopted young people and their families joined TALKadoption, Paddy O’Conner and his collaborators from Mee Mee Theatre for a fascinating journey through the TALKadoption World of Curiosity Play. Adopted children and young people were able to explore their emotions and feelings in a safe and creative environment. All attendees, children and grown-ups, we’re involved in various games, theatre playing, mask making, carnival puppet creation, shadow puppet creating and performing and much much more! Fantastic fun has been had by all and those young people involved have gained confidence and developed new skills in the performance and creative arts arena- well done to all involved! 

TALKadoption Film Making Workshop (September 2015)

The folks at Creative up North, Andrew Coates of Beacon Hill Arts and the TALKadoption team were on hand to help children and young people develop their media and filming talents! Adopted young people were able to gain new skills and techniques using green screen, cameras, and props to develop their performing skills and knowledge of effective shot/ frame capturing in our Film Making Workshop.

Sports & Fun Day @ Summerhill, Hartlepool (August 2015)

Adopted young people came along to stretch their legs and get their blooding flowing in our Sports and Fun day! Youngsters were able to burn off some energy, and develop  balance, con-ordination, team building and concentration skills throughout archery, slack rope walking and sports day games!

TALKadoption Family Picnic

In July, TALKadoption joined in with the After Adoption Big Picnic and families were able grab a picnic blanket to enjoy their packed lunches at Hardwick Park in County Durham. Great fun was had by all and children and parents joined in with a bug hunting activity as well as our exciting parachute games! 


5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Take Off! (TALKadoption North East Launch Event)

On the 6th of May, TALKadoption North East held a launch event at the Sage in Gateshead. Our aims were; to spread the word about Talk Adoption and reach more adoptive families; to raise awareness with partner agencies and creative partners to build on current and encourage further links; to demonstrate the positive impact that TALKadoption has achieved to date- we’re so proud of this and had a wealth of pictures, films and animations made by young people to share with everyone.

It was fantastic to see the event come together as so many people had helped to make it happen- the young people from our Steering Group had been heavily involved in all stages from planning to delivery. Members contributed their ideas about what was to be included, who should be invited, what people should say and ultimately, what we wanted attendees to feel like after coming to the event. This was really important to all of us- to get the experience of Talk Adoption across to everyone and highlight our creative edge. We called in some help from the mesmerising Pady O’Conner (pictured below) who took our audience on a journey involving movement, masks, music and a little madness! The young people and audience members took part with enthusiasm and it was fascinating to see that every single person in the room was completely engrossed in the world that Pady had created.

So for our launch we made sure to focus on our TALKadoption Rocket and this really took off! We invited ideas and feedback from audience members and we’ve had some amazing responses. We feel that our Rocket certainly has a long and exciting journey ahead and we have lots of exciting plans for the future. In addition, some lucky attendees got to take home a rocket cake pop (among other designs)… they looked almost too good to eat… almost.
Having young people and families there to tell us about their experience was so powerful and we were lucky enough to have some adoptive parents take the opportunity to speak honestly and passionately about their personal experiences, the impact observed in their children and indeed in their family. The Steering Group also took to the stage with staff to deliver speeches and take questions- the young people took ownership and demonstrated how passionate they are about Talk Adoption and what it means to them. The young people really were the stars of the show and ensured that a memorable night was had by all.
Finally, Lynn Charlton closed the event and reiterated just how proud we all are to be part of this project. As the room cleared, there was a real buzz in the air, the topic of conversation was pretty obvious... everyone was TALK(ing) Adoption. 

Roll up! Roll up!

Adopted children and their families joined us for the TALKadoption for our very busy circus skills event in North Ormesby Middlesbrough. ‘Circus Steve’ Cousins made sure all attendees got involved with human tower building, feather and plate balancing, and stilt walking- for the very brave! All families told us how much of a brilliant time they had on the day- check out what they told us:

This event was lovely. It was a very positive, encouraging experience for all involved including children and adults. Steve had a fun and lovely manner with everyone. Thank you

very positive event- great for the children’s self esteem and Steve was fantastic

This has been amazing for my child’s confidence. He struggled to even walk straight a few months ago and didn’t like to be lifted off the ground. Today he loved being able to walk on stilts and was brilliant at it! Thank you for a brilliant day


Get Involved

Volunteer for us

Volunteer for us

Volunteering for us can help make a real difference to people affected by adoption. Click here to find out more.

Run for us

Put yourself in his shoes by running for us this year

We've got spaces in lots of the biggest runs in the country which you can take part in for us.

Buy one of our resources

We've got lots of resources for people involved with adoption. Click here to find out more.

Information for Professionals

Family finding services

Thinking of adoption

We can help local authorities to find homes for children in need of adoption

Support for Adoptive families

Our SafeBase parenting programme supports adoptive families who are struggling to support their children

Training & Conferences

Click here to find out more about the upcoming training and conferences available.