Big Lottery Fund awards £700k to support positive adoption outcomes
Published: 05.11.15The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £700k over five years to Adoption Routes and Adoption UK who have joined forces to provide a support programme TESSA (therapeutic, educational support service for adopters) for Northern Ireland adoptive families.
Adoption may offer the opportunity of a bright future but it cannot erase a child’s past or the fact that they may have experienced separation, neglect and abuse and the uncertainty of moving through the care system. Being an adoptive parent to such a child requires a different kind of parenting and adoptive parents need the right kind of support.
The TESSA project involves three elements and is aimed at adopted children between 2-12 years old:
- Therapeutic support for adoptive children
- Counselling support for adopters and their wider families and,
- Raising the awareness of issues faced by adoptive children in schools
Ian Slaine chief executive of Adoption Routes was delighted at the news and commented: “This is a very generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund and we look forward to using it as we work with Adoption UK to provide a range of therapeutic support for adoptive families.”
Stephen McVey Development Manager for Adoption UK Northern Ireland said: “In partnership with Adoption Routes we hope that the combined approach of therapeutic service provision, counselling and educational support adoptive families can gain greater stability will reduce disruption and provide a solid base for adoptions to succeed.”