Breaking the Cycle is a pioneering programme, which encourages birth mothers, who have lost at least one child to adoption, to take back control of their lives and helps them make positive choices for their future, reducing the need for further intervention. Currently a Midlands-based project, with plans for expansion, this therapeutic programme includes one-to-one and group sessions, as well as an optional future parenting programme. To date over 30 birth mothers have benefitted.
An evaluation report, published by Coram in June 2107, found that Breaking the Cycle contributed significantly in supporting birth mothers in the following areas: improved wellbeing; acceptance of loss; making positive life choices; developing positive relationships and parenting skills, and that ‘the programme is extremely effective and there was particular value in the staged approach and one to one and group work activities.’
To communicate the report’s findings, and to celebrate the success of Breaking the Cycle, now in its third year, After Adoption has been delivering key events targeting local authority decision makers and commissioners.
Key speakers at the latest event, held in Gateshead last week, included After Adoption’s Daljit Gill, Team Manager, who talked about the need for the programme and the impact it had on women’s lives, and Claire Mason, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, who provided external context. A major highlight of the event was a film, which focuses on the personal experiences of birth mums, and showcases the importance of the programme and the positive difference it has made to their lives.
Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented, “There are significant financial and personal drivers in effectively supporting birth mum’s through programmes such as Breaking the Cycle, which has been hugely successful. The cost of further future intervention is essentially minimised as birth mums gain control over their lives and become empowered to make more considered choices. Our team is passionate about making this service more widely available, so we can make the service accessible to more women.”
Breaking the Cycle is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation