Northern Ireland

We provide support to adopters and prospective adopters in Northern Ireland through a dedicated office, based in Belfast. This page provides information on adoption and the kind of support we can provide for adopters in Northern Ireland.

We hold a number of Family events throughout the year to enable adoptive families to meet informally. 
Details posted in newsletters and circulated to members.

Upcoming events: 

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'Parenting our Children' Therapeutic Parenting Programme - October 2022

This training will cover a variety of topics such as online life, maintaining connection with our teen, dealing with risk, consequences and contact as well, as reminding ourselves of the impact of developmental trauma and the importance of looking after ourselves in the midst of it all. In addition to the training, you will have the opportunity to meet with other adoptive parents who may be in a similar situation to yourself - the invaluable resource of peers, who get it! 

Combination of short virtual sessions (via zoom) & in-person/face-to-face longer training:

Saturday 1st Oct - 10:00am - 3:00pm (in person)
Wednesday 5th - 7:00-9:00pm (virtual)
Wednesday 12th - 7:00-9:00pm (virtual)
Wednesday 19th - 7:00-9:00pm (virtual)
Saturday 22nd - 10:00-3:00pm (in person)

Please note this training is open to participants currently parenting teenagers (or soon to be teenagers) and a commitment to attend every session is essential. For information or to book a place email [email protected]


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Considering Adopting Siblings -  November 2022

Date: Saturday 19th November (in person training - venue to be confirmed - likely Antrim)

This virtual session is funded by the Health & Social Care Board and free of charge to prospective adopters.

Adoption: : Ever thought about adopting siblings? Have you considered extending your current approval to more than one child? This virtual training is delivered by adopters and will consider the benefits to siblings: brothers/sisters of sharing an adoptive family. The training will be of benefit to prospective adopters, those undergoing assessment and open to considering a sibling placement.

What previous course participants said:

“The entire course really got me thinking about siblings and whether we could adopt a sibling group. This gave us the confidence to make an informed decision.”

“We were able to talk to ‘real’ adopters – the truth, the good, bad and the in-between. Really invaluable”

“The training really helped me to see the world through the eyes of a child and the enormity of the loss of a brother or sister. I realise that it can be easier to have both children together.”

Register now

For further information please email [email protected]

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