Multi-Family Therapy for Adoptive Families (LEAF)

What is ‘LEAF’?

LEAF (Local Exchange for Adoptive Families) is a group-based programme that promotes family relationships for adoptive families and builds on existing strengths in order to help whole families manage the challenges of everyday life. LEAF offers families a safe space to share common experiences and support one another in a non-judgmental setting.

LEAF uses a Multi-Family Therapy (MFT) approach which is interactive and engaging for whole families. MFT has shown good evidence in helping families who are facing similar problems by fostering a collaborative and empowering environment.

 Who is this programme suitable for?

The group supports families post-adoption where parents are concerned about their children and/ or there is a significant strain on family relationships. Participation can take place alongside other ongoing support/interventions.

How it works?

The group will bring together a number of adoptive families who will have the opportunity to develop their own resources and share their strategies and ideas with one another with the support of experienced therapists.

During the group, families will be invited to experiment with new ways of interacting via play and action that can help them to develop new perspectives on relational patterns which trouble them. Families will also be supported in thinking about new ways of relating to each other in their everyday lives. By participating in the group, families will have the chance to build social connections.

Benefits of the Programme

Multi Family Therapy programmes such as LEAF can improve the well-being of whole families and increase the stability

of family life by strengthening relationships, reducing parenting stress, fostering child well-being, and building social networks.The key themes that will be addressed over the course of the group include:

  • Family identity
  • Expectations, hopes, and dreams
  • Strengthening family relationships
  • Managing the challenges of family life
  • Managing life transitions
  • Creating life stories together

How to find out more


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7794 2313