Adopted children can have some of the most disturbed and traumatising starts in life, and many show serious emotional and behavioural difficulties. There are very few therapeutic services to support adoptive families with toddlers or very young children.

At the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, we run Parent-Toddler Groups. These are aimed at strengthening parent-toddler relationships. We adapted our Parent-Toddler Group to be used with adoptive families.

This report and summary set out the findings from our evaluation of the Parent-Toddler Group Adoption Project. We found that parents liked the group and found it useful for supporting their relationship with their toddler. We also found some positive changes in child development, parents’ mental health and parenting stress. This was a small study and plan to do more research to learn more.

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