PACT Training for adopters

If you are an approved or prospective PACT adopter and would like to receive further information or attend any of these free courses run by PACT please email  or call 0118 402 1715

Family and Friends

This half day course is designed for the relatives and close friends of PACT's adoptive families. The course provides:

  • An overview of the backgrounds of children placed for adoption
  • Attachment theory and how children placed for adoption can form healthy attachments
  • The support needs of adoptive parents

The course will be held on the following dates. Family and friends of adopters only need to attend one session.

Saturday 22nd April, 9.30am - 1.15pm, Reading
Saturday 20th May, 9.30am - 1.15pm, London
Friday 23rd June, 9.30am - 1.15pm, Reading
Saturday 22nd July, 9.30am - 1.15pm, London
Saturday 2nd September, 9.30am - 1.15pm, Reading
Saturday 14th October, 9.30am - 1.15pm, London
Saturday 25th November, 9.30am - 1.15pm, Reading

Fostering For Adoption

Fostering for Adoption is a new scheme offering the possibility for children to be placed with their adoptive family at the earliest stage and to reduce the number of moves for the child. The scheme also provides the opportunity for adoptive parents to adopt a younger child and for the child to be placed with them sooner and to avoid spending time in foster care therefore, optimising the chances of the child forming healthy attachments. PACT has been approached by a number of local authorities in recent months requesting Fostering For Adoption Placements for some very young children.  This course will provide the opportunity to:

  • Explore the Fostering For Adoption Scheme in more depth
  • Consider the legal aspects of Fostering For Adoption
  • Look at the risks and advantages for PACT’s adoptive parents
  • Reflect on therapeutic support available
  • Gain an understanding of what it means to become a foster carer whilst Court assessments are completed
  • Hear from adoptive parents who have participated/are participating in the scheme

  Thursday 29th June, 10.00am - 12.30pm, Reading 

Attachment in School - "A bridge too far" - Helping children to manage transitions within school & working with schools

This Training session will explore different ways of supporting adopted children in school by considering:

  • How to create a bridge between home and school and looking for ways of building a safe base within school for your child
  • Transitions within education starting with the beginning of the school day, breaks, changes in the curriculum at different stages of the school year (i.e. Christmas), moving into a new class at the start of the school year and moving to a new school (i.e. Secondary)
  • How to support children with school residentials and days out
  • Ways of accessing support for your child

 This course is aimed at both adopted parents and school teachers. You are welcome to attend with your child’s class teacher, SENCO or Teaching Assistant. The course will be run by a Primary School Teacher who is also an Adoptive Parent. 

Tuesday 19th September, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Reading 

Building and Strengthening Secure Foundations

This is a new four week course designed to support our Adopters who have recently had a child/ren placed with them. Adoptive parents encounter a massive change in their lives during the early stages of the placement and can often feel isolated as they become new parents to a child who is traumatised, grieving and struggling to adapt to their new environment.  The course will provide an opportunity for new adoptive parents to:

  • Explore different ways of responding to the needs of your adopted child
  • Gain insight into your child’s behaviours which may be very different to those described by their foster carer
  • Develop new ways of responding to your child’s behaviours
  • Discover different ways of engaging with your child in order to begin to build an attachment
  • A chance to get out and meet other adoptive parents encountering similar issues

We recognise that the early weeks and months of a new placement are demanding and tiring and that your first priority is to spend time with your new child/ren. Therefore we have arranged the course to be held over 3 sessions with breaks in between and a final session will take place on a Saturday when you can bring your child/ren with you. If you have a partner we suggest that you attend different courses to avoid the need to arrange babysitters.

Week 1: Tuesday 25th April 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 2: Tuesday 16th May 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 3: Tuesday 6th June 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 4: Saturday 8th July 2017 10.30am - 12.30pm 

Week 1: Tuesday 5th September 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 2: Thursday 28th September 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 3: Tuesday 17th October 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 4: Saturday 21st October 2017 10.30am -12.30pm 

Week 1: Tuesday 12th September 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 2: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 3: Tuesday 7th November 2017 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Week 4: Saturday 11th November 2017 10.30am - 12.30pm

Social Media, Social Networks and Keeping Adopted Children Safe Online

Children and teenagers are spending increasing amounts of time online and are able to access this via mobile devices. Whilst this provides them with a lot of opportunities there are also significant risks and even more so for children who have been adopted.  This course is designed to enable adoptive families to gain a greater understanding of:

  • The different ways that children and teenagers can connect with others online including potentially members of their birth family 
  • The benefits of social media and social networks and online games
  • The risks presented by social media and social networks and online games
  • How to keep children and teenagers safe online
  • What to do should something go wrong 
  • Available resources and support

 Tuesday 9th May, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Reading 

Adolescence and Adoption (Developing Healthy Attachments with 11 to 18 year olds and Supporting their Emotional Health and Development)

This Training session will focus on helping you to gain an insight into the impact of adolescence on attachment and different ways you can further develop your attachments with your adopted son / daughter as they go through adolescence. The incidence of self-harm, eating disorders, depression, bullying and other conditions affecting the emotional health of young people has been increasing in recent years. This is not helped by the unrealistic expectations placed on children from a young age through the media. Adopted young people have the added layer of having to explore their identity through their adopted history. This course will help you to identify whether your son or daughter is struggling with a particular area of their emotional health and to explore ways of supporting them.

Tuesday 13th June, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Reading 

Talking to Children About Adoption (Continuing the Life Story Journey)

This Training session will focus on assisting you to help your child understand their life story through play and different techniques. It will consider children’s cognitive understanding of adoption and when and how to talk to children at an age appropriate level. 

Tuesday 10th October, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Reading

The Great Challenge! Responding to Difficult Behaviour. (Including aggressive and violent behaviour, stealing and lying)

Children who have encountered early neglect, abuse, trauma and have attachment difficulties are inevitably going to express their fears and anxieties through their behaviour. This course will enable you to explore different ways of responding to challenging behaviours often displayed by adopted children which can include violence, aggression, stealing, lying and not co-operating. 

Tuesday 14th November, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Reading