The Centre for Adoption Support offers a wide range of support and training services for adoption and permanency.  The service was established as a partnership between two long established charities and specialist adoption agencies, Adoption Matters and Caritas Care. The two agencies together have over 140 years’ experience in working with Local Authorities across the UK to find families for children in care and provide adoption support services.

Both agencies are rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and Adoption Matters was named Voluntary Adoption Agency of the year by British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF now known as CoramBAAF) in 2012 & 2014.

To date (January 2017) we have worked with 532 families, nearly 50 different local authorities and over 110 schools across the North West.

Our experience shows that by providing families with access to broad training and support from the early stages, we enable them to develop their own strategies for managing the family situation and build their confidence and resilience.

We will work with you in identifying and addressing the support requirements of your children and family – clarifying your future needs not just what’s right now, but what you could need in the future.  We offer training on supporting babies, toddlers to teens.


We know that learning is an on-going process for all parents and especially for adoptive parents.  All of our training and support sessions listed are led by qualified and experienced staff. We welcome families’ suggestions and feedback about future training requirements so do have a chat with us if there is an area of training or support that is not listed.

All of our adoption support & training services can be accessed by applying to the Adoption Support Fund  Contact us on 01925 534 118 for the latest price-list, training dates and venues.

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  • Our standard training and support listed below is available free of charge to all Adoption Matters & Caritas Care approved adopters. For adopters approved through other local authorities our services can be accessed by asking your approving authority to apply to the Adoption Support Fund. Further detail about each course/session is available in our brochure.

    • Education Workshop

      Looking at practical strategies to enable adopted children to enjoy and achieve in school.

    • Lifestory workshop

      Helping adopters understand their child's background and prepare for sharing information about their life.

    • Therapeutic Parenting Day

      An interactive day including Theraplay, DDP & Nurtured Heart Approach.

    • Child to parent violence workshop

      For families managing physical & verbal aggression at home.

    • Attachment & education workshop

      Parents & professionals together hear why some adopted children may struggle within school.

    • Reflective Therapeutic Consultations with families

      Weekly consultations for families pre and post approval.

    • Rock & River / Den Building activity days

      For children to meet & have fun. Providing therapeutic value to both children & families.

    • Nurtured Heart workshop

      The Nurtured Heart Approach for parents & professionals at entry level.

    • Speech, language and communication

      Covering all areas of communication - providing strategies to support speech, language & communication development

    • Parenting siblings workshop

      How therapeutic parenting strategies can be adapted for for families adopting more than one child.

    • Self esteem and change

      Helpful strategies for managing vulnerability, shame and raising self esteem damaged by early trauma.

    • Parenting and understanding children who may have been exposed to CSE

      Gain understanding and learn how to support children who have been exposed to child sexual abuse.

    • You and your support network

      Help family and friends to understand why adoptive parenting may differ from a more conventional approach.

  • We offer a bespoke service tailored to families and professionals. Our therapy services can be accessed by asking your approving authority to apply to the Adoption Support Fund. Further detail about each course/session is available in our brochure.

    • One to one lifestory work

      Therapeutic life story work on a one to one basis with a child, up to 6 sessions.

    • Reducing Anxiety Management Plan (RAMP)

      This is a tool to help schools support children.

    • Training for schools

      Training provided for school staff within the school setting.

    • Nurtured heart training for schools

      Training provided for school staff on the Nurtured Heart approach within the school setting.

  • Our therapy service can provide a wide range of therapists located throughout the North West. All therapists have the specialist skills and experience in working with adopted children and their families. Approaches include: Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP), Theraplay, child psychotherapy, filial play therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR). Approaches incorporate developments in neuropsychology, brain development and sensory integration. Our therapy services can be accessed by asking your approving authority to apply the Adoption Support Fund. Further detail on each course/session is available in our brochure.

    • Assessment of need - standard

      Our therapists would carry out a full assessment of need for the family and child to form a support plan.

    • Assessment of need - enahnced

      A clinical psychologist would carry out a full assessment of need for the family and child to form a support plan.

    • Theraplay package - standard

    • Theraplay package - enhanced

    • DDP package - standard

    • DDP package - enhanced

    • Play therapist package

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Adopted children can face challenges due to early life experiences and sometimes children, their families, schools and all those around them need help to understand and meet those challenges. Our experienced team will work with you and your families to identify the best support for them, at their point of need, at whatever age or stage.

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We also offer a Bespoke Family Finding Service,  providing child specific recruitment and marketing plans, please refer to our Bespoke Family Finding Guide 2015 for further information. Our bespoke family finding service worker will meet with the child’s social worker, foster carer and any other important professionals in their lives to gain a real insight into their needs. We will then prepare a marketing plan for each child which typically also includes professional photography and videos. In addition to targeted recruitment you will also have access to our approved families across the North West, Yorkshire & Humberside, parts of the Midlands, North Wales and beyond. Our adopters offer the skills and capacity to consider children with a wide range of needs.  A £30m fund was set up in 2015 to cover local authority inter agency fees for ‘harder to place’ children, more information available here.

  • Referral

    When you contact the Centre we will respond to your referral by inviting parents to meet with us for an initial consultation.


    Together with parents we will agree on an appropriate plan of action which may include further consultations, family work or one to one work. We will identify training appropriate to the needs of each case.

    Support Plan

    An agreed plan of action is confirmed with the family and referring Local Authority in writing. A full breakdown of the costs involved to support your claim is provided to the Adoption Support Fund.

  • Implementation

    We will then provide the support / training to children, parents and professionals as outlined in the plan.


    The service is regularly reviewed with families, the referral Local Authority within agreed intervals. We will keep you informed of progress.

    Bespoke Family Finding

    We also offer a bespoke family finding service. Targeting our recruited families across the north west, Yorkshire & Humberside, parts of the Midlands and North Wales.

  • Child-centred recruitment

    We have extensive combined experience of child-centred recruitment and give you access to adopters with the skills and capacity to consider children with a wide range of needs.

    Assessment to approval

    We have a dedicated family finding team with experience of placing children with high needs. Adopters will have the continuity of working with the same social worker throughout their journey.

    The family finding process

    We will meet with you and the child's social worker, foster carer and any other important professionals to gain an understanding of yours and the child's needs.

  • The family finding process

    We will then meet with you to discuss our recommended recruitment options for the child/children and a specific recruitment plan will be agreed.

    Experienced marketing team

    As well as our combined 140 years adoption agency experience in finding and assessing families for children, our marketing team have proven success in finding families for children with high and complex needs.

    A professional service

    We can commission professional photography and videos, design a child's profile, design professional child specific artwork for press and online use & profile children through our many national partners.

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01925 534 118
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