In 2005 the Children’s Act was changed to suggest that a Counsellor offering Adoption Focused Counselling should have attended specific training in this field. In 2010 the law was amended to insist that such Counsellors be registered with Ofsted and regulated accordingly. This applies to ‘any family member’ that is wanting to attend Counselling to discuss Adoption focussed issues.
The status of ‘family member’ is extended beyond the Adoptee and the Adoptive Parents. You could be a Birth Parent who is going through the adoption process whether through choice or not. Others affected may include Siblings, Grandparents, Adoptive Siblings and so the list goes on.
Between 2011 and 2021 I worked alongside Barnardos/LINK in this area and was registered with them as an Ofsted Adoption Focussed Counsellor. In 2021 that relationship came to an end after a strategy change by Barnardos/LINK.
Do I need Adoption Focussed Counselling or Not?
The law is clear that if you are wanting to discuss Adoption specifically you should seek out Adoption Focussed Counselling with an Ofsted registered Counsellor – this is a legal requirement.
You will find more information and help on the Counselling Directory. Or you may wish to discuss your situation with your local Council Adoption Service to see if they can refer you to someone that is Ofsted registered via an agency.
If you want to discuss issues that have affected you such as Low Self Esteem, Bereavement, Miscarriage, Divorce or any other current difficulty/issue you are facing we may still be able to work together. The key here is whether the focus of your sessions will be Adoption and its impact or the main focus is elsewhere. Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.
Relax in quiet, discreet surroundings, Reflect on your issues in a calm
confidential environment, Rethink your situation and move forward in
a way that is right for you.