Enhancing Adoptive Parenting - A Parenting Programme for New Adopters

Enhancing adoptive parenting: A parenting programme for use with new adopters of challenging children devised by Alan Rushton and Helen Upright

We found each session extremely beneficial, we put in practice the various strategies over the past 10 weeks with the girls, learned a lot about how to approach various difficulties (which we are already using) and the homework brought it all together.Adoptive Parents, October 2013.

PAC-UK has been involved in the development of an individualised parenting programme for adopters facing challenging problems in children aged 3-9 recently placed from care.

Enhancing adoptive parenting: A parenting programme for use with new adopters of challenging children by Alan Rushton and Helen Upright is published by BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering) and is written for use by experienced adoption support workers. Journal of Social Work published a review of this publication in October 2013.

Professor Rushton is a former PAC-UK Chair of Trustees and Dr Upright is Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cambridgeshire Fostering and Adoption Clinical Psychology Service.

Unlike many interventions in adoption support, this programme has been rigorously tested for effectiveness in a Randomised Controlled Trial as part of the Adoption Research Initiative (funded by the Department for Education and the Nuffield Foundation). See Rushton A. and Monck E. (2009) Enhancing Adoptive Parenting: A test of effectiveness, BAAF.

The parenting programme has two main aims:

  • to help adopters understand the child’s problems and how they may be related to his/her prior experiences
  • to help adopters manage a range of problems such as relationship difficulties, discipline problems, fears and anxiety, over-activity, eating and sleeping problems, etc.

PAC-UK welcomes referrals and has specially trained staff who can deliver the ten-session programme.

Enhancing Adoptive Parenting online forum and Skype offer

A dedicated EAP forum page was set up on PAC-UK's website for parents/carers to register their interest in the programme and to submit questions that were relayed directly to EAP parent adviser Maggie Rogers.

The forum also invited three families to nominate themselves to participate, free of charge, in the pilot of a version of the programme delivered via Skype or FaceTime.

Enhancing Adoptive Parenting article published in Adoption Today magazine

Adoption UK published an article on PAC-UK’s EAP programme in the December 2013 issue of their Adoption Today magazine.

Download the PAC-UK Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Leaflet

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