Survey to gather adopters’ experiences of mental health support

Published: 29.02.16

Are you an adoptive parent with experience of trying to access mental health support from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)?
Survey to gather adopters’ experiences of mental health support

Would you like to share any of the issues that you experienced and thereby help shape the ways in which CAMHS services could be better fitted to the diverse needs of adopted children in the future?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then Adoption UK urges you to complete an online survey which will gather adopters’ experiences of mental health support.

Adopted children are significantly over-represented among young people who suffer from mental health issues. Many children who are adopted from care have experienced significant early trauma/loss, often in relation to parental neglect/abuse and this will often present barriers for them socially and when they enter into full time education.

Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, said: “Some parents report excellent experiences working with CAMHS while other parents describe quite the opposite so it would appear it’s something of a postcode lottery.

“We hear from our members that their children often struggle to get the support they need through over stretched CAMHS. The introduction of the Adoption Support Fund in 2015 is now helping adoptive families by funding therapeutic interventions but more still needs to be done.”

Mr Thornbery added: “Adopted children’s early experiences can lead to emotional, behavioural, educational and developmental difficulties and indeed impact on their mental health and wellbeing for many years so we urge all adoptive parents who have experienced mental health support – good or bad - to complete it.”

The National Academy for Parenting Research at Kings College, London, and the National Adoption and Fostering Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, set up the survey, which was co-produced with Adoption UK.

You can read more about the survey by clicking here.