Our work within post-adoption support at JSA stemmed from some initial work our team carried out at the request of the local authority in Rochdale a number of years ago, and our reputation has grown from there.
The process of adoption has huge impacts on the adoptive parents as well as the adopted child or children in a family. Though most agencies and authorities concentrate more fully on proceedings that take place prior to the adoption officially starting, the team at JSA are specially trained and equipped to support the family in the aftermath.
Therapy can be of huge beneficial support within the post-adoption phase and can really support the formation and development of a bond between the child and parent, as well as relationships within the wider family and community.
Whilst the adoptive parents may have been given detail, information and background on the child they are adopting into their family, there is no possible way that they can know everything about the child and what they may have experienced in their short lifetime. As a result, coping and even bonding with the child can be difficult owing to the behaviours that the child may present. Parenting on its own presents enough challenges, so to add adoption into the mix can be tough on families as they raise their children.
An incredibly effective way that JSA can support clients in post-adoption support is via our Parent Child Relationship Therapy (PCRT). This therapy has been implemented at JSA in order to allow adoptive parents to essentially become a play therapist for their adopted child/ children. The sessions of the programme we deliver are an hour in length, and then we encourage our adoptive parents to hold a special 30 minute playtime session with their child each week at home. The programme as a whole takes place over a structured 10-week course. It’s a fantastic programme of therapy which allows our adoptive parents to build positive attachments with their children, and indeed allows for the children in turn to develop positive attachments with others.
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