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.
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 was formed on 1 October 2014 as a result of an amicable merger between PAC (Formerly Post-Adoption Centre) and After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY), to become the largest independent adoption support agency in the country. Our vision is that all people affected by adoption and other forms of permanence are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full.
PAC-UK exists to improve the lives of families and individuals affected by adoption and other forms of permanence by providing access to a range of individually tailored services and appropriate support depending on need. In addition we aim to increase the awareness and knowledge of professionals and the general public.
To achieve our objectives, we offer the following key services from our offices in London and Leeds:
An Advice Line service for enquiries and signposting to other 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 Birth Family service providing a range of advice, counselling and groups for birth parents and other birth relatives;
A Training service accessible to adoptive families/permanent carers and professionals.
We have partnerships with some 50 local authorities stretching from Northumberland and Sefton in the north to Hampshire, West Sussex and Devon in the south; and in total more than 100 local authorities benefit from our expertise every year.
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 Consultancy 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 Consultancy’s founding partners are Sue Holt, a Chartered and Registered Psychologist, and Anna Flanigan, Child Therapist, who between them have extensive clinical experience. In the 2013 Ofsted inspection, The Consultancy was judged OUTSTANDING.
As an independent partnership and an Adoption Support Agency, we provide psychological services for children, young people, parents and professionals and undertake a range of specialist work including:
- Adoption Support
- Assessment of Children and Families with Complex Needs, including specialist attachment assessments and adoption support needs assessments
- Training and Consultation
In 2013 Sue and Anna, in collaboration with experienced colleagues working in Adoption, formed a new branch of The Consultancy – Adoption 360. Adoption 360 offers services to professionals, carers, adopters and children and young people from the moment a child is placed in care to adoption and beyond. Adoption 360 is a ‘wrap-around’ service whose aim is simple: to help adopters and their adopted children achieve the family life they want and deserve.
For more information see the services page of our website.
The Centre for Adoption Support & EducationThe Centre for Adoption Support & Education
The Centre’s purpose is to provide tailored and specific high quality, innovative services, activities and resources that support and make a difference to those affected by adoption and permanency: adopted or fostered children and families and professionals who work with adoption and permanence.
News from casa
- Department for Education – Adoption Reform Update: Winter 2017
- Department for Education – Adoption Reform Update: November 2016
- Evaluation of the Adoption Support Fund
- Department for Education – Adoption Reform Update: August 2016
- Department for Education Consultation: Future of social care inspection