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Individualised Recruitment and Therapeutic Placement Strategy for Children waiting the longest

23 October, 2024 at 10:00am - 1:30pm


Practice webinar co-delivered with Senior Adoption Practitioners at St David's Adoption Service and Cardiff University

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 interactive session will delve into personalized recruitment techniques and therapeutic placement strategies tailored to the unique needs of each child. Through expert-led discussions and real-life case studies, attendees will gain valuable insights into identifying suitable families and creating nurturing environments conducive to healing and growth.

Adopting Together is the first project of its kind in Wales to offer a bespoke package of therapeutic support for both the children and the adopters. Led by St David’s Children Society and supported by the National Adoption Service, Adopting Together works with a therapeutic partner, The Family Place and all the Voluntary Adoption Agencies in Wales to find, train and support families to adopt Welsh children who have been waiting the longest. Typically, these children are either over four years old, brothers and sisters who need to stay together, have additional needs or uncertainty around their development or are from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background.

Since launching Adopting Together has found families for 31 children from across Wales who would otherwise have risked being separated from their siblings or remaining in long-term foster care.

Supervised by Professor Katherine Shelton (Cardiff University School of Psychology), in 2022 Olivia Gallen (BSC Psychology with Professional Placement) completed an interim report on the Adopting Together Service. The aim of this report is to bring together information from the team for the child, transition, and consultation waves of the study to preliminarily assess the usefulness of the scheme.

This practice webinar will aim to share strategic, operational and academic learning.

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the challenges faced by children waiting the longest for adoption
  • Developing individualized recruitment plans to match children with compatible families
  • Incorporating therapeutic support into the placement process to address trauma and attachment issues

About the trainers

Jason Baker

Jason joined St David’s in 2019 where he took lead role for the Adopting Together Service and AFA Cymru. Before Jason joined St David’s he worked for Barnardo’s and worked in a number of Local Authority settings.

Professor Katherine Shelton

Katherine is a developmental psychologist with 20 years experience of research and teaching in the field of family functioning and child development. Her research is focused on identifying and understanding the psychological and social needs of vulnerable children and young people. Over the past 5 years, she has led an inter-disciplinary, longitudinal study investigating the experiences and early support needs of adoptive families and their children.

Dr Amy Paine

Amy is an early career researcher who works at the intersection of developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, and uses observation, neurocognitive assessments, and longitudinal methods to study child development. She is particularly interested children’s interactions with family members and friends in relation to their social and cognitive skills and mental health.


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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