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Blocked Care: How to Support Discouraged Adoptive Parents

6 November, 2024 at 10:00am - 1:30pm


Practice webinar co-delivered with senior adoption practitioners at Adoption Focus

3.5 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


This is an interactive practice webinar to help support professionals working with families who are approaching, or are in, blocked care. This course helps supporting professionals to identify blocked care, understand how and why it happens as well as discuss how we can overcome it and help people reconnect to the children they are caring for.

Our trainer, Lisa Biggs at Adoption Focus, will look at factors that can increase a person’s chances of experiencing blocked care, the changes that happen in a person’s body and brain when they experience blocked care and offer strategies to help protect our parents and carers from experiencing blocked care as well as support them to move through it to a place where they can connect with feelings of compassion for the child / children they are caring for.

The course will also explore the potential impact on professionals of supporting families who are struggle, especially where there is actual or likely disruption.

Learning 0utcomes

  • To understand why blocked care / compassion fatigue happens
  • To explore how blocked care / compassion fatigue presents
  • To discuss strategies to support people who are in or are approaching blocked care / compassion fatigue
  • To provide support for professionals who are working with those who are experiencing blocked care / compassion fatigue

About the trainer

Lisa Biggs

Lisa is a Training Officer and Post Adoption Support Worker at Adoption Focus. She joined Adoption Focus in 2022 and prior to that has 15 years’ experience of supporting vulnerable children and their families within educational settings. She is also an adoptive mother.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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