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An Agency-wide Approach to building Cultural Competency in welcoming Black Adopters: Recruitment, Assessment and Support

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.


An interactive expert-led training session delivered by an experienced trainer and anti-racism practitioner, Esher Williams, founder of Anti-Racism Hub. You will be guided on a journey of understanding the challenges faced by Black adopters and how to reduce these barriers by addressing the impact of systemic and cultural conditions in our society.

‘There is a lot I shall take from this training to share with my colleagues and aim to improve our services approach to diversity and anti-racism in adoption.’ – Attendee 2023

Going on to explore the pillars of an agency-wide approach to decentring whiteness and how these measures positively impact Black adopters. Investigating culturally responsive competencies in adoption assessment. The group will consider the impact of race, ethnicity and culture on adoption practitioners, prospective adopters and therefore adoptees.

‘A great opportunity to learn about a really important topic which had a variety of learning tools, research and participation.’ – Attendee 2023

In this session, Esher will provide a forum for attendees to share and grow in a non-judgemental environment where curiosity and humility underpin the learning.

Learning 0utcomes

  • Build an understanding of how to encourage and break down barriers for Black adopters
  • Appreciate the importance of assessing Black adopters with cultural competency
  • Adopting an agency-wide approach to building cultural competency in welcoming Black adopters
  • Supporting Black adopters post-adoption

About the trainer

Esher Williams

Esher is an anti-racism consultant, public speaker, corporate trainer, educator and practitioner and the founder of Anti-Racism Hub. Facilitating thought-provoking and engaging training and workshops, Esher is adept at facilitating challenging but essential conversations that build understanding of the complex subject of racism, transracial assessment, placement and parenting.

As a late-discovering step-parent adoptee, a transracial adopter and former foster carer, Esher has a personal interest and dedication in helping parents/carers and children’s social work practitioners understand their responsibility in building cultural competency in their role.


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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