Training courses for adoptive parents, kinship carers and professionals working in adoption in Wales.

Our training courses are currently being held safely online for participants in Wales. Courses are suitable for adoptive parents, kinship carers, foster carers and social workers to attend alongside one another and are FULLY FUNDED. Please note some courses are open to members of Adoption UK only.

Courses can also be commissioned by adoption agencies in Wales. For further details and a full list of all available courses, please contact [email protected]


Building Your Support Network

Adoptive parents always say they need support from people who 'get it’. As time goes on they sometimes become isolated as the people in their network drop off. This might be because of the child's behaviour or the demands of family life. This course aims to highlight this risk and consider ways to encourage parents to build on their support network from the start of their adoption journey. The course will consider informal and formal support from friends, family and professionals.

Tuesday 31st January, 6.30pm – 9.00pm (online)



Life Journey Work

This session will help de-mystify Life Journey Work and introduces the Wales National Adoption Service’s Life Journey Work Good Practice Guide, Framework and Toolkit.  These documents are available on the NAS website .  An opportunity to ask all those niggling questions and hear some practical suggestions to help children understand their background and promote a positive sense of identity. 

Thursday 2nd February, 10.00am – 12.30pm (online)



The Power of Play (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

A practical, fun half-day workshop that explores play and its benefits for children who are adopted.  An opportunity for parents to explore their own relationship with play and how it impacts on how they play with their children.  Parents will consider how play can help build attachment with their child before looking at therapeutic play.   Parents will have the opportunity to build a toolbox of practical ideas and start compiling a “play plan” for their children.

Thursday 9th February, 10.00am – 12.30pm (online)



Self-care workshop (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

An opportunity for parents to learn more about the importance of self-care and help them find time in every hectic day for moments of pure, selfish indulgence. The trainer will share techniques that are popular with other adoptive parents, including adoptive Dads, who were consulted when the content of this workshop was prepared. It’s also an opportunity for parents to share their own techniques with one another. This is probably our only training workshop where we do NOT talk about our children. This is all about YOU.

Thursday 9th February, 6.30pm – 9.00pm (online)



Difficult Conversations

A half day interactive training workshop focussing on how to have difficult conversations with adopted children.  Adoptive parents who have attended Adoption UK Wales’ Life Journey Work and Contact courses often ask how to have difficult conversations with their children, especially about the traumatic experiences and behaviour that led to children not being able to live with birth parents, birth family members or foster carers.  This session aims to address these issues in more detail and focus on how we can start talking about these really difficult topics from a very early age.  There will also be an opportunity to talk about the following:

  • What to share with your family and friends
  • Risks/reality of conversations started online
  • Helping children talk with their peers about being adopted
  • Helping children understand how the brain work

Tuesday 7th March, 6.30pm – 9.00pm (online)

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Settling in (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course is for adopters who are in the early days of their adoption journeys. It will be an opportunity to learn more about matching, introductions, how to help a child feel at home with you, managing the transition from foster care to a “forever home” and what will be important to the child from their life before they joined your family. Adopters are invited to come along with those niggling questions and explore their hopes and any concerns for their journey into parenthood.

Thursday 16th March, 6.30pm – 9.00pm (online)



Getting ready for school (for adoptive parents in their first 3 years of adoption in Wales)

This course has been designed by our Lead Education Officer for Wales and is aimed at parents with pre-school/recently placed children. The course will provide up-to-date information about how to choose the school best suited to a child’s needs. Participants will explore how to help their child settle into the school environment and who can assist with this. The significance of big (and small) transitions in relation to school will also be discussed. 

Thursday 23rd March 10am - 12.30pm (online)


Contact – what does it really mean?

This course is based on the online course developed with AFA Cymru and available on the National Adoption Service websiteIt provides space for adoptive parents to reflect on the benefits and risks associated with contact.  Participants will be given the opportunity to think about who might be significant for their child to have contact with and how this could happen.  Participants will discuss how to support a child through the process and reflect on their own feelings about contact.

Wednesday 29th March, 10.00am – 12.30pm (online)



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