Directory of Members
Adoption Services for AdultsAdoption Services for Adults
Adoption Services for Adults is a relatively new service but it involves people with many years of experience and expertise in searching and in working with adults affected by adoption. The service is registered with Ofsted, registration number: SC463447, and it will be inspected in accordance with adoption support regulations.
Jean Milsted is a qualified social worker, HCPC registration number: SW60224 (viewable on the HCPC website). She has a post graduate management qualification from Cass Business School, City University, and has many years of experience working with adults affected by adoption and in managing adoption support services.
Jean is also a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and abides by their ethics and code of practice. She has professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance, both through BASW.
Jean contracts the majority of her searches to two fantastic and highly experienced ex-NORCAP researchers who have both worked with adoption searches for many years. Your search will be in expert hands.
Sadly, it doesn’t always work out. Some people are impossible to find, perhaps because they have changed their names several times and are living overseas. If this is the case, and if it is felt to be OK and appropriate, we sometimes do our best to find another relative to see if they will help make contact. It very much depends on the circumstances.
Sometimes people do not want to be found, and if they are, they are distressed. In such cases we have to respect their wishes to be left alone. Should they change their minds in the future, they would have our contact details.
ASART (Adoption Support Agency of Registered Therapists)ASART (Adoption Support Agency of Registered Therapists)
ASART is a group of adoption therapists who work in different locations in and around London.
All ASART therapists are independent and self-employed, specially trained, experienced in child and family therapy and Government registered.
ASART therapists offer confidential counselling and psychotherapy to all people who have been affected in any way by the experience of adoption.
Catchpoint ConsultancyCatchpoint Consultancy
It is our aim to bring together a cohesive care team with a common understanding of trauma and secondary trauma – the effects of living or working with trauma. By developing and using a common language and strategies for managing difficult behaviour, the parents can be empowered to parent and the child will get consistent boundaries and an integrated approach to their care. This aids the process of healing and reduces the need for long-term therapeutic interventions.
Catchpoint works in the field of ‘Adoption’, in which we include pre and post adoptive families, special guardianship, step families, kinship carers and foster carers.
In August 2010 Catchpoint became a Community Interest Company.
We are keen to hear from therapists interested in working with us and from parents and carers struggling with difficult children.
Chrysalis AssociatesChrysalis Associates
Chrysalis Associates are a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team of professionals drawn from the fields of social work, clinical and educational psychology.
We specialise in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties and are registered by Ofsted as an Adoption Support Agency.
We offer services both to individual children, to their carers and families, and to organisations working to promote young people’s wellbeing.
Families will receive a bespoke intervention tailored to their individual needs drawn from the following therapeutic models:
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
In addition we offer training packages, supervision and consultation for professionals.
Dr Susan ChantrellDr Susan Chantrell
- Flexible approach
- Initial consultation with parent(s)
- Sessions for parent(s), parent(s) and children together, or children on their own
- Psychotherapeutic assessment
- Short or long term psychotherapy treatment
- Help to access public services, if required
- Liaison with school or other services, if required
Qualifications and Experience
Experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Member of Association of Child Psychotherapists and Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
Work within a psychoanalytic frame of reference.
Also influenced by attachment theory.
- Home or school based issues
- Problems in parenting, including when parents are separated or in the process of separating
- Emotional and behavioural problems
- Difficulties in emotional regulation, including ADHD
- Emotional problems arising from physical or learning disability, or autistic spectrum disorder
- Attachment and separation difficulties
- Ofsted Registered Adoption Support Agency
- Services as above
- Experienced in work with adoptive parents, children and young people, where parents may be therapeutic parents of children who have suffered past disrupted attachments, trauma or neglect.
Other Areas of Expertise
Clinical supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists working with children and families.
Consultation to professional groups.
- Babies and young children, with their parent(s)
- Children and young people with learning disability or on the autistic spectrum, up to young adulthood
Father Hudson’s CareFather Hudson’s Care
Father Hudson’s Care is a former adoption agency which registered as an Adoption Support Agency in 2009 in order to continue to provide adoption support services for adults and to extend its services to all adults affected by adoption. It provides access to information from the adoption records held by Father Hudson’s Care. Intermediary (tracing and making contact) services provided by the agency are not restricted to those connected with adoptions arranged by the agency. They are available to adopted adults, birth relatives, as well as descendants and other legally entitled persons in certain circumstances. Father Hudson’s Care is particularly experienced in tracing in cases where there is an Irish connection.
Father Hudson’s Care is a working name of Father Hudson’s Society and it meets a range of adult social care needs through residential care, day-care, community projects as well as services to young people through fostering and schools support. It provides an Origins Service which incorporates post adoption services as well as post care services.
Fertile MindsFertile Minds
Fertile Minds – A North London service offering counselling and psychotherapeutic help for people with adoption and infertility issues
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with nearly four decades of experience as a health professional. I trained as a counsellor at Westminster Pastoral Foundation, and gained a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at The Arbours Association.
I have a particular interest in adoption and fertility issues, and have undertaken specialist training (ACE) at the Post Adoption Centre (PAC). This enables me to help people explore all aspects of adoption. I am a member of The British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), and work with individuals and couples who are experiencing fertility problems.
I am registered with OFSTED as an Adoption Support Agency, complying with the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
Gateway Psychology LtdGateway Psychology Ltd
Gateway Psychology provides for the psychological needs of children, young people and families in the Stoke-on-Trent area and surrounding regions. Our aim is to facilitate each individual child’s movement through the challenges or ‘gateways’ being faced at a particular time, whether emotional, behavioural, relational or developmental.
At Gateway Psychology, we pride ourselves in the experience and expertise of our team. Our clinical staff, support staff and our contracted associates are highly qualified and exceptionally skilled in their individual areas of expertise.
We are committed to providing the most appropriate psychology service to meet each unique need of our clients. Every member of our clinical team has particular expertise in a variety of different specialisms and we will always ensure that the right skills are matched to your needs. At times, Gateway Psychology will work in collaboration with well-qualified associates or other psychological services to ensure that the client receives the most appropriate service and intervention.
IAC The Centre for AdoptionIAC The Centre for Adoption
IAC The Centre for Adoption is a registered charity and voluntary adoption agency, and the only specialist centre for intercountry adoption in the UK.
IAC Adoption Support service offers a range of services to all parties connected with adoption where there is an international element including adopted people and birth families and intercountry adoptive parents both before and after adoption.
These include information and counselling services, support groups and courses both before and after adoption.
Some of these services are offered at a reduced rate for individuals whose Local Authority or Voluntary Adoption Agency subscribes to IAC.
Integrate FamiliesIntegrate Families
Integrate Families welcomes people of all ages who are experiencing problems in their life that have become too difficult to manage alone. Our expert team of therapists have many years of experience and specialist training in assessing and efficiently addressing a variety of individual and relationship problems
Our core values:
Each individual needs to have and experience a sense of belonging to a person, family or group in order to fulfil his/her attachment and relationships needs
Each individual is valuable in his/her own right and needs to develop a sense of their own worth, in order to discover his/her full identity
Each individual needs a sense of competency only achievable once he/she is safe enough in relationships to unpack the unique set of skills and abilities that he/she is born with
The Integrate team are all qualified as therapists, EMDR practitioners (adult and child) and social workers. Our therapists have all undertaken extensive further training in the areas of attachment, trauma and dissociation. Dr. Marks is the accredited trainer for the ISSTD (International Society on Studies of Trauma and Dissociation) on the Assessment and Treatment of Children with Dissociative Disorders. Dr. Marks and Les Ryan are amongst only a handful of therapists working in the UK, who are trained in Dr Bruce Perry’s Neuro-sequential model of therapeutics. Dr. Marks is currently trained to the highest level in this field.
PAC-UK is the country’s largest independent Adoption Support Agency. From offices in London and Leeds we reach out to families and professionals from the Scottish borders to the south coast.
Our vision is that all those affected by adoption, Special Guardianship and other forms of permanent care are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full. We have built our expertise over a 30 year period, starting out as Post-Adoption Centre in 1986. In recent years we have combined with other specialist providers – After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY) and Adoption UK – to produce a more robust organisation with a wider reach and a more comprehensive range of services.
Entering adoption, Special Guardianship or another permanent placement is an important step forward in a child’s life. At PAC-UK we understand that this is the beginning of a life-long journey, not just for the child, but also for the adoptive/permanent care family and the birth family left behind. Our support extends to all these groups, and includes adults adopted as children who continue to find difficulties arising on their own life journey. We also offer advice to professionals working with these families in different contexts – in particular adoption social workers, school teachers and virtual school staff.
We offer the following key services:
- Advice Line staffed by qualified and experienced PAC-UK counsellors who can provide advice and information on all aspects of adoption and other forms of permanent care;
- Peer Advice Line staffed by experienced adopters offering understanding, a listening ear and signposting to further services;
- An Adult Counselling and Intermediary Service accessible to adopted/permanently placed people, adopters/permanent carers and those working towards this; birth family members; professionals;
- A Child and Family Service offering support, counselling and therapy to adoptive families or those with a permanently placed child, including Special Guardians and Kinship Carers;
- An Education Service working with children, parents and schools to improve the educational experience of adopted/permanently-placed children;
- A First Family Service for Birth Parents and Birth Relatives providing a range of advice, counselling and groups for birth parents and other birth relatives;
- A Peer Service being delivered within our joint partnership with Adoption UK;
- A range of Support Groups for Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents (all groups are informal, confidential and free of charge);
- A Training Service offering a comprehensive training programme focussing on topics specific to adoption and permanent placement. Some of these workshops and seminars are for professionals only, and some are specifically for parents and carers.
We have partnerships with 37 local authorities stretching from Northumberland and York in the north to Haringey and West Sussex in the south; and in total more than 100 local authorities benefit from our expertise every year.
PAC-UK brings together a multi-disciplinary team of more than 100 staff and volunteers with an extensive range of skills and expertise in working therapeutically with children, adoptive families, other permanent carers, adopted adults and birth parents.
We are proud to have been selected, in May 2017, as overall winner in the King’s Fund/GSK Impact Awards 2017, for ‘Supporting Excellence in Community Health Care’. We were complimented on ‘working creatively in a challenging environment’ as well as for ‘providing cutting edge interventions’.
PAC-UK was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017.
Placement SupportPlacement Support
Placement Support is an organisation of psychotherapists working collaboratively with educationalists and social workers. We have specialist expertise in working with looked-after children and their carers.
We are an OFSTED inspected Adoption Support Agency able to advise on adoption matters and to support adoption placements.
We also work in educational settings, and in any situation where children and their families need extra help.
Psychology AssociatesPsychology Associates
Psychology Associates is a leading independent practice of over 100 clinical, counselling, neuropsychological, forensic and educational psychologists, who provide services across the life span and for a range of psychological challenges including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions, attachment challenges, mental health difficulties, trauma-related conditions, personality and behavioural issues.
We have a strong reputation for providing high quality, ethical and evidence based psychological reports and therapies which aim to formulate difficulties in terms of the whole person and assist clients in finding the best way for them to improve the value and quality of their life. Our input can be on either a spot purchase or contract basis whichever suits the service better.
All of our psychologists are CRB/DBS checked; they are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and have professional indemnity insurance. We expect the highest standards of ethical practice from every one of our psychologists and support staff. We follow the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics and Conduct and the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Psychology Associates is led by Dr Sue Candy. Sue is a HCPC registered clinical psychologist and is the founder and managing director of Psychology Associates. Sue provides assessment of adults and children primarily in the context of their family. She offers therapy across the life span and has a strong focus on attachment. She previously worked for many years in the NHS providing therapy, assessment and research in obstetrics and gynaecology, learning disability, mental health and parenting. Sue has extensive experience of providing expert psychological evidence to the Courts and specialises in assessments of parenting capacity and attachment. She will also accept referrals for fitness to plead or capacity assessments and complex personal injury cases. She provides training to other professionals in Court report writing and skills. She has a general interest in training, in particular other clinical psychologists and was formerly admissions and examinations tutor at Plymouth University on the South West Clinical Psychology Training Scheme. She offers supervision to other psychologists working within Psychology Associates.
Simon Kerr-EdwardsSimon Kerr-Edwards
Simon Kerr-Edwards: BA (Hons), Diploma in Drama Therapy, MA in Play Therapy
Simon has worked with children and families for over 30 years in a number of Local Authority and Health settings. In his independent Play Therapy practice he is commissioned directly by families or through a range of agencies to offer therapeutic work to children and young people.
- His direct work is effective and creative, tailored to the needs of each child.
- He works in partnership with parents to support and improve family communications about difficulties the child or young person may have so enabling them to overcome their issues and continue to thrive.
He has delivered training and workshops on various aspects of working with children and their families to social work teams, counsellors, teachers, foster carers and adopters and has lectured at institutions such as University of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire University, Roehampton University and the Institute of Education, London.
Simon has had academic papers published in professional journals and is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists. Furthermore he is registered with the Health Professions Council as a Drama Therapist.
He is based near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Simon offers a range of therapeutic services tailored to the needs of individual children, young people and their families.
SLACCS (South London Adoption Counselling & Consultation Service)SLACCS (South London Adoption Counselling & Consultation Service)
Feeling stuck? Not sure where to go next? Overwhelmed by feelings you can’t make any sense of? In conflict? Feeling powerless?
Maybe adoption counselling could help you.
We have practitioners based throughout South London, two counsellors and two associates experienced in post adoption work. Counselling sessions are offered in the private consulting rooms of the individual counsellors, three of whom are based in South East London and one in South West London.
We offer independent and confidential counselling to all parties to adoption – individuals, both adults and children, couples and families; also consultancy to social workers.
We are experienced counsellors and psychotherapists with specialist knowledge of adoption. Our counselling service was established in 2003 and we are registered with Ofsted as an adoption support agency.
Counselling offers a safe place to talk about things that are concerning you.
Counselling can help you to understand yourself better and to make fresh choices about your life.
The Adoption Consultancy 360 LtdThe Adoption Consultancy 360 Ltd
The Adoption Consultancy 360 specialises in adoption and fostering support, specialist assessments and training. We are based in Exeter, Devon and cover the South West including Devon, Cornwall Somerset and further afield.
The Adoption Consultancy 360 (formerly The Consultancy) is an independent adoption support agency, we provide psychological services for children, young people, parents and professionals and undertake a range of specialist work including:
In the 2017 Ofsted inspection, The Consultancy was judged OUTSTANDING.
Since 2015 the business is run by Sally Hebeler with Chris West. Anna Flanigan and Sue Holt founding partners continue to work alongside Sally and Chris and the other Consultants and Associates.
We have extensive clinical experience working with children, young people and families in the statutory and independent sectors. We have been working with adopted parents and their children for over twenty five years, providing services on behalf of Local Authority Adoption teams and Voluntary Adoption Agencies.
The Child Psychology ServiceThe Child Psychology Service
The Child Psychology Service offers the very highest quality service and outcomes to children and families through the Midlands. We pride ourselves on the effectiveness of our work and our commitment to clients, all of our work is evaluated and we do not finish our work until we have reached a satisfactory outcome.
We have been inspected and rated as offering Outstanding Overall Effectiveness, Outcomes, Quality of Service and Leadership and Management by Ofsted. Take a look at our Ofsted report here.
Dr Amber Elliott, The Child Psychology Service’s Lead Clinician and Director is a successful published author (“Why Can’t My Child Behave?” 2013).Dr Elliott has over fourteen years experience in the NHS and Local Authorities. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, on the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors and is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
The Child Psychology Service CIC is a Community Interest Company which means that it is not run for profit but to provide cost-effective psychological services to children and their families. We reinvest our surplus to improving the services we offer.
Many young people experience difficulties which impact negatively on their lives and it is not always clear to the adults around them what the best way to help is. If this applies to you it is possible that The Child Psychology Service could help.
The Child Psychology Service operates nationally throughout the UK. Our clinical services are primarily offered within Staffordshire, Shropshire, Birmingham and Black Country, Derbyshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. We may be able to travel greater distances to deliver some of our services.
For more details on the services we offer, including; Assessment, Therapy, Parenting Courses, Consultation, Supervision, whether you are looking for your child or a child you work with, take a look through the site or contact us, we’ll be happy to chat things through with you.
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