This website is currently being updated
This website supports practitioners working on making post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact planning for their child.
The website covers the following topics:
For each topic you will find a mixture of research briefings, practice guides, presentations, exercises, links to relevant research and practical tools for working with families.
A number of case studies and film clips of interviews with children and their families are included that can be used across the topics for training and learning. They can also be useful as standalone resources for individual or team learning.
Resources can be used in the training and supervision of social workers and contact supervisors as well as in training adopters.
The materials on this website bring together knowledge from research and practice. They draw on research by Professor Beth Neil at University of East Anglia.
Research in Practice has worked with Beth and practitioners across England to share expertise and produce accessible and practical resources for professionals involved in this work.
Polly Baynes, Independent Social Worker, introduces the materials on this website
Slide presentation (with trainer’s notes): the ‘Contact after Adoption’ study. Download the Powerpoint or the PDF version (1.1MB)
Resources to help practitioners who are establishing or supporting letterbox contact.
WORKING WITH ADOPTERS
A series of resources practitioners may find useful to share with adoptive parents during training.
Resources to support practitioners planning contact for a child and an introduction of the ‘case discussion model’.
WORKING WITH BIRTH RELATIVES
Resources that practitioners may find useful when working with and supporting birth relatives during planning and contact.
VOICE OF THE CHILD
This section supports professionals in seeking and recording the voice of the child involved in the adoption process.
CONTACT WITH SIBLINGS
This section of the site is currently under development.
RESEARCH RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING
Information on Prof Beth Neil’s research on post-adoption contact, including accessible research summaries of studies published.
CASE STUDIES AND MEDIA CLIPS
This section provides a selection of case studies, audio and film clips that can be used in conjunction with the exercises on the website.
Research in Practice would like to thank everyone involved in creating these resources: Change Project contributors – Action for Children (Juliet Ramage and Anne-Marie Webber), Cafcass (Alex Kemp and Zafer Yilkan), Coventry (Sarah Vermeire), Cumbria (Beth Taylor), Gloucestershire (Rhiannon Little and Tammy Wheatley), Lincolnshire (Gaynor Carlton and Anne Johnson), Norfolk (Merian Romanos), Rotherham (Jennifer Lee and Jane Sandland), Sefton (Sue Savage, Gosia Sikorska and Angeka Sitoe), Solihull (Jane Francis), Stockport (Melissa Ruffy), TACT (Carolette Caines and Erica Peltier), Walsall (Andrea Codrington and Sherrie Francis), West Sussex (Wanda Parker); Claire Stowe (Highbury Advocacy Project), Shira Rub, Verity Sutcliffe (Devon Fostering and Adoption Team), Matthew Gibson and Mark Chesterman (Birmingham University); and Alex Cameron (Staffordshire County Council). We would also like to thank all adopted young people, adoptive families and birth relatives for contributing to the research over the years and for their invaluable contribution to the making of the video and audio materials on this website. ‘The contact after adoption study’ was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.