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Event Tag: ASF

Providing Good Adoption and Post-Adoption Support: What Is Needed Versus What Is Available?

Who this is for

Adoption Practitioners, Managers, Social Workers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities), Children’s Social Workers, Support Workers and Independent Professionals.


This training course will look at the legal framework for adoption comparing how it differs in different parts of the UK. We will examine is the longer term experience for adoptive parents, what did they need and what did they receive – what are the messages from research. We will also think about the impact of secondary trauma, blocked care and factors leading to disruption.

How can we ensure adoption support plans are comprehensive and appropriate? What can we include to ensure placements start well and stay on track?

How do we complete effective Adoption Support Assessments when families are in crisis? Even where there is no ASF funding this can be useful when there appear to be multiple issues.

Most agencies have limited resources to give to adoption support. We will think about adoption support services as a triangle with universal services at the bottom – social events, toddler groups etc, then more structured services such as buddy schemes, courses training, support groups in the middle and work with individual families at the top.  Can lower tier services can prevent families needing the more intensive ones in some cases?

There will be an opportunity to share examples of good practice.

Learning outcomes

  • The legal framework for adoption support pre and post order across the UK
  • Research relating to the long term challenges for adoptive families and how best to support them
  • How to structure adoption support services to maximise the use of resources.
  • Examples of good practice

About the trainer

Laura Payne has worked as a Social Worker, Panel Advisor and Manager in family placement for over 25 years in both the Local Authority and the Voluntary sector.  She has worked in and managed adoption support teams and has a significant interest in this area, particularly in relation to supporting contact.

Laura was Head of Service and then acting CEO at Faith in Families prior to their merger with Adoption Focus in January 2022.

She now works as a freelance trainer and consultant and is an Associate Trainer and Consultant for Corambaaf.


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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