First Family Service for Birth Parents and Birth Relatives
Is your child no longer with you or is there a chance this may happen? Free advice and support for birth mothers, fathers and relatives.
- We know how traumatic losing a child can be.
- We know that you will always be family to your child.
- We aim to help you improve the outcome for any future children you may have.
Our First Family Service can:
- Listen to your story and how you are feeling about your child’s adoption.
- Explain the often confusing process of adoption and what that means for you and your child –now and in the future.
- Help write a letterbox letter. Most people find the first one particularly difficult.
- Help you to write a letter for your child for when they are older explaining what happened and how you feel about it.
- Let you know how other parents like yourself feel. We run friendly support groups in some areas.
- Look at the reasons your child was removed and what you can do to keep a future child if you want to.
- Meet with you in a convenient place and discuss what is most helpful to you. What you say is confidential.
Services we offer
First Family Action Line
Our First Family Service has its own Action Line that you can call and leave a message requesting a call back or text on 07975 846 249 (if you live in London or the South of England) or 07946 295 322 (if you live in Leeds or the North of England).
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your request at the earliest possible opportunity.
Our Leeds office based telephone Advice Line 0113 230 2100 is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10.00am-1.00pm, Wednesday 4.00pm-7.00pm (excluding bank holidays).
Counselling is likely to be short term (usually up to six sessions). The first session serves as an assessment allowing you and the counsellor to clarify your needs. Consideration will be given to a stated preference regarding gender and ethnicity of the counsellor.
Formal telephone counselling sessions can be arranged. An initial face-to-face session is recommended.
This service offers preparation for possible contact and/or reunion with a now adult adopted son or daughter, as well as initiation of contact with them, in accordance with relevant legislation.
A drop-in group for birth mothers takes place every two weeks at our premises at Kentish Town, London. Other groups are time-limited and are offered at a particular time of the year.