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Breaking the Cycle, a Midlands-based project, supports birth mothers suffering grief and loss, teaching them the importance of self-care and helping to build their self-esteem. It encourages birth mothers to take back control of their lives and to help them make positive choices for their future, reducing the need for further intervention. This therapeutic programme includes one-to-one and group sessions, as well as an optional future parenting programme.

Interesting facts…

  • 25 women have worked with Breaking the Cycle
  • 0 have had further children removed
  • 8 now have jobs or volunteers
  • 5 are now in education
  • 4 have had children since joining the course, and all are parenting these children
  • Cost is around £7,000 per birth mum, saving £33,000 for each child placed into care.


After Adoption has helped me become a better person. I have made new friends and gained confidence. They have helped me learn so much about myself.


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SafeBase Therapeutic Parenting Programme

SafeBase is After Adoption's flagship therapeutic parenting programme. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships, giving children the confidence to feel safe and secure with their parents/carers.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is our therapeutic parenting course for parents who have teenagers. It helps parents recognise the changes and transitions taking place during adolescence and the challenges teenagers face.

SafeBase for Schools

SafeBase for Schools enables school staff to effectively support adopted pupils, and those in care, to reach their potential. It provides practical strategies for support.

Therapeutic Intensive Adoption Support Services

Our range of therapeutic intensive adoption support services is very complex and individual packages of therapeutic support can be designed to meet each family’s assessed needs.


TalkAdoption is a national programme which offers adopted children and young people a safe space to meet. It aims to improve young people’s self-confidence and reduce their sense of isolation through creative and inspiring group activities and discussion.

TalkAdoption Camps and
Short Breaks

Our therapeutic residential camps help build the confidence and self-esteem of adopted young people, giving the whole family a well-deserved break. They provide adventure and create a memorable and meaningful experience.


BirthTies provides a bespoke service to birth parents whose children have been adopted, or where adoption is being considered for their child.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle, a Midlands-based project, supports birth mothers suffering grief and loss, teaching them the importance of self-care and helping to build their self-esteem.


ReUnite helps adopted young people and adults to safely access their adoption records, when they feel ready, providing advice, support and counselling. It also helps adults searching for relatives, providing support to both parties during the process of search, intermediary and reunion.

Families that Last - Child led family finding

Families that Last specialises in finding families for children who wait the longest, working closely with local authorities, the child is at the centre of everything we do. Our innovative methods ensure that diverse children get the diverse families to match their needs.

Training and events

After Adoption provides a range of training opportunities for those working within the sector, to support professional development and inform best practice.


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 839 4932 or email commissioning@afteradoption.org.uk

To make a referral please follow the link below and complete the online form.

Professional Referral Form

Useful links

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support