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Understanding Gender and Sexual Identity of Young Adopted People and Supporting their Families

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 unique training session co-delivered by Dr Zoe Webb, a distinguished Clinical Psychologist, and In-Between Lines project, this workshop is essential for adoption professionals seeking to create inclusive and affirming spaces for adopted young people and their families.

Navigating the complexities of gender and sexual identity can be challenging for young people, especially those who are adopted. In this enlightening session, participants will gain invaluable insights into the unique experiences and challenges faced by adopteens as they explore and define their identities.

Dr. Zoe Webb will draw upon her extensive expertise to guide you through the nuanced terrain of gender and sexual identity development, providing practical strategies for supporting young adoptees and their families on their journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.

In-Between Lines, a rising project for young people with complex identities, will share their insights and resources to help participants foster supportive environments that affirm and celebrate diverse identities within adoptive families.

Learning 0utcomes

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the intersections between adoption, gender, and sexual identity
  • Explore the unique experiences and challenges faced by young adopted people
  • Learn practical strategies for supporting adoptive families in navigating conversations around gender and sexual identity
  • Access valuable resources and tools to create inclusive and affirming environments for adopted youth

About the trainers

Dr Zoe Webb

Dr Zoe Webb, BSc, PhD, DClinPsy, is a qualified child and adolescent clinical psychologist with over ten years experience of working with young people & their families. Having worked previously within Child and Adolescent. Mental Health services in the NHS, she has been in full-time independent practice since 2015. Zoe works therapeutically with both young people and adults, individually, dyadically or systemically on a range of mental health & well-being difficulties (inc. anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm etc..) with a specialist interest in developmental trauma & attachment difficulties.

In-Between Lines

In-Between Lines, is an award-winning community exploring the lived experience of multiple cultural, ethnic, or family identities e.g. adoptees, mixed-heritage individuals, and third-culture kids. Their aim is to create spaces for complex identities, to uplift marginalised experiences, and to challenge institutions to make real change.


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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