This website supports practitioners working on making post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact planning for their child.

The materials are aimed at those involved in:

  • Making and reviewing plans for post-adoption contact
  • Recruiting, training and supporting adopters and foster carers
  • Supporting and reviewing existing contact arrangements
  • Supporting birth families whose children are being placed for adoption
  • Training and supervision of social workers and contact supervisors.

The website covers the following topics:

For each topic you will find a mixture of research briefings, practice guides, presentations, exercises 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.


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.


Polly Baynes, Independent Social Worker, introduces the materials on this website

Key research findings from the Contact after Adoption StudyResearch summary: The contact after adoption study

Download the summary: The Contact after adoption project (stage 3) (PDF file, 2MB)

Slide presentation (with trainer’s notes): the ‘Contact after Adoption’ study

Download the slides introducing the study and its key findings

Download the Powerpoint (with notes) or the PDF version (1.1MB)


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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