The phrase, Adoption Focused Counselling, applies to any member of a family that wants to discuss adoption in their therapy. Since 2005 it has been the law under the Children’s Act, that Counsellors offering this service must-have completed specialist training. Furthermore, any Counsellor offering Adoption support must be registered with an Adoption agency.
The status of ‘family member’, is extended beyond the Adoptee and the Adoptive Parents. You could, in fact, be a Birth Parent who is going through the adoption process, either by choice or not. Examples of other family members would include siblings, grandparents, adoptive siblings and so the list goes on. The time of the Adoption in your life is regardless, meaning, it can be in the past, present or future.
It’s important that your Counsellor can relate to your situation with an understanding of the adoption process and the era it took place. In addition, they need to have an awareness of the issues you may be dealing with. Loss, rejection and attachment are just some of the difficulties that you may be facing due to your circumstances.
Wherever you are on your journey, for example, considering adopting or tracing/reuniting with your birth family you may wish to get the support of someone appropriately trained. You may be an adoptee or a birth/adoptive family member, nevertheless, I can offer full support.
Adoption Agencies & Adoption Focused Counselling
I am trained and approved by the specialist organisationBarnardos/LINK to offer Adoption Focused Counselling. Barnardos/LINK also provide a helpdesk run by professionals for any questions you might have on this subject tel: 01206 562438. If you want to know more my other professional qualifications and experience you can check out myAbout Me page.
Depending on your position within the Adoption Process there may be an opportunity for you to apply for funding for your therapy. The Adoption Support Fund or your Local Authority may assist in the cost of your Counselling and Adoption UK has more informationhere.
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