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A new national service offering specialist psychological support to families with adoptive children under 5.

Introduction

Introduction

Adopted children can have some of the most disturbed and traumatising start in life and may exhibit a range of serious cognitive, emotional, and behavioural difficulties.  Research shows that these difficulties can persist without intervention; however, very few therapeutic services exist to support adoptive families with toddlers and very young children. 

At the Anna Freud Centre, we believe that adopted families are some of those most in need of specialist support, especially in the early years when a child’s distress may remain undetected, for they are unable to fully communicate it. 

Thanks to grants from the KPMG Foundation and the National Lottery Community Support Fund, we are launching a fully funded national remote therapy service which will allow us to reach many more adoptive families across the country during the pandemic.

How it works

How it works

We can offer adoptive families;

  • A range of evidence-based interventions that our highly experienced clinicians have adapted for remote delivery.
    • Video Feedback Therapy
    • Reflective Parenting Support Group
    • Parent-Toddler Group Play Therapy
  • An interactive online parent resource hub that is designed by adoptive parents for adoptive parents to help that with the issues that they most want help with in their adoption journey

 

 

Who it is for

Who it is for

This intervention is aimed at adoptive families with children under 5. 

Meet the team

Meet the team

Nicola Labuschagne (Deputy Head of the Early Years Programme – Clinical & Consultant Psychologist), Dr Sarah Peter (Senior Therapist and Trainer – Early Years Programme), Katja Simoncelli (Therapist and Trainer - Early Years Programme), Joe Druce (Social Worker & Early Years Therapist) and Alex Tsefos (Assistant Psychology – Early Years)

 

Contact us

Contact us

To find out more about The National Early Years Adoption Therapy Project, or how to make a referral, get in touch at EarlyYears@annafreud.org

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