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At SFCS, we fully understand that adopting a child is a life-changing decision. So we wouldn’t dream of sending you on this journey without bags of support and adopter training, so that you feel as fully prepared as possible for what lies ahead. During the pandemic, all of our training is being offered online.
Our adopter training begins almost as soon as you tell us you’d like to adopt a child through SFCS. All potential adopters are expected to participate in a range of group training and workshops as they prepare to become approved adopters. This Preparation Training and the subsequent Follow-on Groups are provided free of charge to all of our prospective adopters.
But we don’t stop offering training once a child has joined your family. We know that this is an ongoing process, and at certain times you might need additional support and advice, no matter how recently the adoption took place. So throughout the year, we provide a series of free training workshops, which cover a variety of important topics such as Life Story Work, Sensory Integration and Parenting Adopted Teenagers.
And for parents looking for a more comprehensive solution, SFCS runs a 6-part therapeutic parenting course twice a year, in spring and autumn.
The course is formed of a series of workshops and offers parents the chance to gain ideas, strategies and support with parenting an adopted child. This course is free of charge to any adopter with a child in placement.
One parent who attended the course commented:
The course has been the single most useful, positive and empowering thing I have done. Not only on my adoption journey, but in my life. Not only has it given me amazing strategies to help my children and family, but also to help myself.
And let’s not forget our annual conference. These events feature expert keynote speakers who delve deeply into the issues of parenting children who may have suffered trauma in their early lives and offer therapeutic solutions. Previous keynote speakers have included Helen Oakwater, Dr Margot Sunderland and Dr Renee Marks.
Our conferences usually take place in late autumn each year. We were sold out for our conference last November, when Denise Golding and Zach Gomm presented a workshop for parents and professionals, based on the ground-breaking parent training, The Great Behavior Breakdown by Bryan Post.
Crucially, all of our adopter training events and opportunities have something in common – they all provide prospective and approved adopters with the opportunity to meet other adopters and build those very valuable support networks.
Our range of adoption support services is what makes us different – from family social events to training and workshops, from adopter coffee mornings to one-to-one counselling. Find out more about the other support services available to you here.