In AdOpt we collect a number of forms and outcome measures from the parents and group facilitators. 

We ask parents to complete the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) (Goodman, 1997), Parenting Sense of Competence Scale (PSOC) (Jones & Prinz 2005), Assessment Child Checklist Short Form and Plus (ACC-SF, ACC+) (Tarren-Sweeney, 2014) and a Parent Weekly Report (PWR), designed by the NIS, at four main time points. 

The four time points are: 

  1. An intake home visit from the facilitator,
  2. At the end of the group
  3. 6 months after the final session
  4. 12 months after the final session.  

We also collect an intake form, parent’s feedback on the group content and experience, and parent’s attendance.

These measures are collected in order to ensure that the programme is - and remains - effective for adoptive parents and their children. 

As part of the Department for Education Innovation Programme 2015/16, the AdOpt programme was evaluated by Dr. Gordon Harold and his team at the Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice, University of Sussex.  At the time of writing, we are expecting the results to be published.  Please check back soon to hear how the programme was received, and the impact it has had for adoptive parents and their children.