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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.

Resources can be used in the training and supervision of social workers and contact supervisors as well as in training adopters.

The resources

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.


Key research findings from the Contact after Adoption Study

Download the summary: Research summary: The contact after adoption study (PDF file, 2MB)


Download the summary flyer for the Contact after Adoption site

Download the summary flyer: for the Contact after Adoption site (PDF file, 137KB)

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)

Letterbox contact

 

LETTERBOX CONTACT

Resources to help practitioners who are establishing or supporting letterbox contact.

 

WORKING WITH ADOPTERS

 

WORKING WITH ADOPTERS

A series of resources practitioners may find useful to share with adoptive parents during training.

 

PLANNING CONTACT

 

PLANNING CONTACT

Resources to support practitioners planning contact for a child and an introduction of the ‘case discussion model’.

 

WORKING WITH BIRTH RELATIVES

 

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

 

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

 

CONTACT WITH SIBLINGS

This section of the site is currently under development.

 

RESEARCH RESOURCES AND FURTHER READING

 

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

 

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 or as standalone resources for training.

 

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.

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