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The Parent-Toddler Group Adoption Project | Key Research Findings

At Anna Freud, we run Parent-Toddler Groups, which are aimed at strengthening parent-toddler relationships. 

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. We adapted our Parent-Toddler Group to be used with adoptive families. Here, we set out the learning from our evaluation of the Parent-Toddler Adoption project.

  • Summary report

    Critical early years shape child development. Adopted children, often with traumatic starts, face cognitive, emotional, and behavioural challenges. The study’s aims were to explore the feasibility of delivering the adapted PTG for adoptive families.

  • Report 2 - Delivering the parent toddler group online

    This study explores the feasibility of delivering the group online and includes preliminary findings on clinical outcomes. Preliminary data show positive child development and parental warmth.

  • Report 3 - Learning from 2021-2022

    This small-scale evaluation aimed to continue to explore the feasibility and acceptability of the Adoption Parent-Toddler Group, drawing on learning from the delivery of the third and fourth group carried out in 2021 and 2022.

  • Feasibility study of an online group report

    Critical early years shape child development. Adopted children face trauma, lacking therapeutic support. Parent-Toddler Group Adoption Project aims to adapt a play group for intervention and evaluation.