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Not Forgotten: Making Successful Adoption Placements for Older Children

20 August, 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 practice webinar sheds light on the often overlooked demographic of older children in the adoption process. Addressing the challenges and misconceptions surrounding their placement, this insightful piece navigates the journey towards successful adoptions for these children. Through compassionate narratives and expert guidance, it advocates for a more inclusive approach to adoption, emphasizing the profound impact of finding forever homes.

This practice webinar is aimed at considering how we can make more adoption placements for older children. The webinar will give practitioners the opportunity to consider the needs of older children awaiting adoption and to share experiences and practice that has worked well for them.

“Leigh’s friendly and approachable manner made this training easy to engage with and accessible. Lots of resources shared, lots of good practice shared.” – Attendee, 2021

You will have an opportunity to learn what Adoption Focus are doing in terms of a specific aspect of this work, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to identify the situations you find most challenging and work in smaller groups to consider various solutions.

You will be able to hear from the latest research, practice and lived experience.

“Well paced seminar with good use of break out rooms to offer group discussion. Provided a lot of food for thought and ideas from other agencies sharing good practice.” – Attendee, 2021

You will be able to network with practitioners from other agencies, share best practice and glean new ideas.

“The presenter was very engaging and invited comments and questions as we went along. People shared their own ideas and were happy to share helpful resources.” – Attendee, 2023

Learning outcomes

  • To consider the needs and experiences of older children awaiting adoption
  • To think about what we need from prospective adopters for older children
  • To discuss best practice

About the trainer

Leigh Smith is the Deputy Manager of Training at Adoption Focus. She has worked with Adoption Focus since 2017. Before this Leigh worked for a Local Authority in their supervised contact team and worked for an independent fostering agency identifying placements for children.


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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