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“The Hidden Layers” – Supporting Prospective Adoptive Parents dealing with Infertility and/or Loss, during the Assessment Process

13 February, 2025 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training session co-delivered with Lynda Graham, Senior Accredited Counsellor and Senior Practitioner in 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, and children and family social workers.


In this training session, there will be an opportunity to look at dealing sensitively with prospective adopters and couples as they discuss

  • the death of a child
  • miscarriage
  • termination of a pregnancy
  • infertility
  • loss of expectations and dreams in not becoming parents
  • adoption as a ‘next step’

Learning 0utcomes

  • Consider the implications of adoption assessment for those who dealing with loss
  • An opportunity to reflect on practice to date and how this might change
  • Gain knowledge on how best to support individuals and couples
  • Understand more about processing grief and practical ideas for future work
  • Support prospective parents by offering time out for counseling as part of the process
  • Think about how to respect their experiences and honouring their loss

About the trainer

Lynda Graham

Lynda is a Senior Accredited Counsellor with National Counselling Society. After twenty-five years as a Social Worker and Senior Practitioner, Lynda set up a Private Counselling Practice. She has a particular interest in Post Placement Blues/Depression and has set up a Specialist Counselling and Support Service for prospective and new adoptive parents who are struggling following the placement of their child/children. Having researched this topic for her MSc in Counselling she also provides training to potential adoptive parents, Social Workers and other professionals.

Lynda is also Counselling Supervisor and Trainer and Adoption Panel member with a local Health and Social Care Trust.


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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