18th October 2017

AdOpt helps families to get off to a healthy start in their journey together and we all benefit when children are settled in a loving, secure home.

"To me it's been the difference between whether he stayed or went!"  

"Because you think that you're a really bad parent and then when you come to a group like this, you realise there's lots of other parents in the same boat, so you're not the only one, so that's very, very, very important."

Adopt's commitment to improving the mental health of adoptive parnets

10th October 2017

Experiencing adversity and trauma early in life can have a significant impact on children and young people’s later mental health.  Getting adoptive children off to a ‘healthy start’ can often mean helping parents develop the skills to help their children overcome the trauma and disruption that can frequently  ‘get in the way’ of them forming the secure meaningful relationships.  It’s these key relationships that can help mitigate the potential impact of early adversity that adoptive children have often experienced.

World Mental Health Day 2017

10th October 2017

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

For more information please visit the WHO website

AdOpt Summer Newsletter


There now exists in England a generation of accredited AdOpt Facilitators who are extremely skilled and competent in running groups for adoptive parents. Many of them are suitable to take the next step to becoming Licensed Trainers in the model.

SCIE findings in relation to NIS programmes have been published

The SCIE has published their findings in relation to Models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

The NIS submitted evidence for five interventions; KEEP, TEND, RESuLT, AdOpt & TFCO.

Feedback across all NIS submissions was largely positive and reflected our commitment to both excellence and evidence in practice.

Call out for applications to the Life Chances Fund January 2017

The Life Chances Fund (LCF) will be open for Expressions of Interest to develop Social Impact Bonds in the themes of early years and young people from 4 January 2017.

Study highlights the effects of early life deprivation in young adulthood

The study suggests that early life deprivation can have a lasting psychological and neurodevelopmental impact even after years of nurturance in supportive adoptive families.

Call for evidence and stakeholder events

The Department of Health and Department for Education have established an Expert Working Group – supported by the Social Care Institute for Excellence - to develop models of care and care pathways to support the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children and care leavers.

You are invited to submit evidence and/or register for a stakeholder event.

Call for evidence

NIS Seminars, 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'

We would like to say a big thank you to the speakers and to everyone who contributed to the recent NIS seminars!
A special thanks also goes out to the families, fosters cares and young people who contributed to the NIS film and the seminar workshops.
The following plenary presentations are now available in the MST Library:
Leeds Seminar - 4th November

National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars:
'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.

New web resource for evidence based intervention programmes for vulnerable children and their families


A new web resource was launched on Monday 21 January to support the evidence based interventions programme for looked after children, children on the edge of care or custody and their families - a programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to support local authorities to implement evidence based interventions to support vulnerable local children and their families.