Setting up an AdOpt Programme.

The AdOpt programme is a 16 week group based parenting programme for adoptive parents with children aged 3 – 8 years.

The programme is delivered by two trained facilitators. The facilitators are identified staff in the provider agency.  One facilitator should be a social work practitioner with adoption support experience.  The other facilitator should be ideally an identified adoptive parent, with the motivation and potential skills to deliver a group training.

There is a requirement to identify an internal staff member to be trained and oversee the programme locally.

Working closely with a designated NIS consultant you will receive support and advice on key areas during initial development:   

·         Needs analysis of local adoption population and existing support services

·         Stakeholder collaboration and support

·         Selection of staff and recruitment of adopters

·         Referral processes

Your NIS consultant will provide regular telephone support calls and can attend stakeholder events to promote a clear understanding of the AdOpt programme and the requirements for developing a successful and sustainable intervention. 

Once the AdOpt facilitators and supervisor are identified the NIS provides:

·         AdOpt facilitator training.

·         Weekly consultation calls to the facilitator during programme delivery

·         An accreditation route for facilitators

·         Access to the AdOpt members’ website

Regular Update Days for the AdOpt community

For further details, costs and informal discussion, please contact the AdOpt Programme Lead in the NIS, Dr. Linda Yool.