TCCR has secured a share of a £1.7 million fund to help couples who have adopted children.
TCCR was successfully selected to receive over £190,000 from the adoption tranche of the National Prospectus Grant, awarded by the Department for Education (DfE). The grant will enable TCCR to work with couples over the next 12 months, providing essential support and offering a variety of tailored therapeutic services specially designed for adoptive couples which have hitherto been unavailable.
The work is being delivered in partnership with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). We will deliver a relationship support programme for adoptive parents that will address a current gap in high quality evidence-based adoption support and via specialist training we will improve the skills, the knowledge and capacity of the adoption workforce to provide high quality adoption practice.
The innovative approach moves the emphasis beyond a primary focus on mothers and parenting to encompass the couple's relationship in order to improve outcomes for adoptive children. This activity will help strengthen the couple's bond and allow them to concentrate on building or growing their family in a happy and harmonious way.
Susanna Abse, CEO of TCCR said:
"Adopting a child is one of the most challenging and life changing events in any adult's life. The dynamic in the relationship changes and as well the incredible positive effect that the forming of family creates, there is a recognised need to support couples post adoption. Our work with BAAF will help us expand our work with couples and families to specifically support adoptive parents and demonstrate the critical role that the focus on the couple plays in parenting."
John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, BAAF said:
"Adopting a child is extremely rewarding but can be challenging and we have been campaigning for more post adoption support to be made available. Evidence shows that adopted children thrive in a stable and loving home. When this stable and loving home is based on a couple's relationship, it is crucial that the pair can support one another to face the challenges of building or re-rebuilding the child's life. Often, these children come from a background of severe abuse or neglect. We are delighted that the Department for Education has awarded funding to the TCCR and BAAF to develop a programme of tailored support for adoptive parents."
TCCR and BAAF are looking for adoptive parents to participate. Couples interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org.