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 14th October, 9.30am - 1.15pm, London
Saturday 25th November, 9.30am - 1.15pm, London


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
Tuesday 26th September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, Brighton 

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 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 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

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