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“Left in the Dark” – Ensuring Birth Parent’s Voices are heard throughout the Adoption Process and beyond

10 October, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Training session co-delivered with Senior Adoption Practitioner Ally Osnowska at Aspire Adoption

6 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 and other professionals working with children and families.


This training will challenge your thoughts on birth parents, question the processes they have to go through within adoption and feel ready to return to your work place and make some positive changes. You will hear birth parents views on the workers they have encountered, the experiences they have had and the changes they feel should be made.  These views will be shared via recordings and some direct thoughts from birth parents who will be part of the webinar.

“I thought the facilitator Ally was very passionate about her role supporting birth parents, she definitely promotes the hearing the voices of birth parents and using their experiences, thoughts, ideas to develop practice. I totally agree birth parents voices should be heard and listened to inform future practice. Therefore it was really good for the birth parents on this webinar to share their experiences.” – Attendee, 2022

Ally Osnowska at Aspire Adoption will discuss what she has learnt over her time running Birth Family Matters, the tools she uses, and the challenges she faces in her day to day work.

“The webinar fully met my expectations, the facilitator was clearly a very experienced and passionate practitioner working with birth parents, she is clearly a good advocate for birth parents trying to ensure that birth parents voices are heard and they are more visible in the whole process” – Attendee, 2022

Supporting birth relatives at a time of significant loss is challenging. This training will look at:

  • When to engage birth parents
  • Practical exercises that have been especially positive for engaging birth parents
  • How birth family support groups can have a positive impact on their wellbeing
  • How supporting birth parents can support the adoptive placement

Learning outcomes

  • To gain ideas and guidance on how to work alongside birth parents and support them in a beneficial and effective manner
  • To further the focus in your practice on birth parents and the role they can play with the adoption process and the importance of this for the child, the adopters and the birth parents themselves
  • To gain a better first hand understanding of a birth parent’s experience of adoption
  • To have a chance to reflect on our own personal practice and how this can be changed to improve our impact on families and their futures

About the trainer

Ally Osnowska

Ally has 17 years experience of working in children’s social care. She has run the Birth Family Matters service in Dorset since 2019 and is very passionate about the work she does and is very proud of the birth parents she supports.  She aims to make the process of adoption less traumatising for birth parents and has an amazing group of birth parents who are helping her in her goals.

Before this role she worked as a Social Worker in a Looked after child team and spent two years working in a children’s hospice, supporting families in their grief.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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