Building the foundations for a happy future.

SafeBase is After Adoption’s therapeutic parenting programme for adoptive parents, special guardians and foster carers. It creates a strong foundation for loving and lasting relationships within the family, giving children the confidence to feel safer and more secure with their parents/carers.


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 provides a flexible and individual approach, recognising that every family is unique and has different needs. SafeBase works by:

  • Making you more confident in using new tools and strategies to parent your child
  • Increasing your understanding around the impact of adverse childhood experiences on your child
  • Enabling you to become more sensitive to your child’s needs by providing insight, and context, to their behaviours
  • Explaining the impact of early adversity on brain development and functioning
  • Building secure attachments
  • Improving your well-being, and the well-being of your family, bringing hope for the future
  • Giving you a support network of other adoptive parents and carers


Find out more

To find out more either explore the links below, call 0161 830 2036 or email


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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 support.

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 and feedback, you will attend our 4-day programme.

Part 3: Ongoing Support

SafeBase parents and carers have exclusive access to our Portal, for encouragement and support from other SafeBase graduates, as well as accessing a range of useful materials.

What next?

Find out how to access SafeBase and view our latest programme calendar.

SafeBase in the Teenage Years

SafeBase in the Teenage Years is our 2-day therapeutic parenting course for adoptive parents and carers 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 adopted pupils, and those in care, 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 2036 or email

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support