Peer Services

Adoptive parents seek different types of support at different times. But sometimes the only people who can really understand the challenges they face are other adoptive parents! PAC-UK and Adoption UK’s Peer Services provide one-to-one family support, as well as training progammes - all delivered by qualified and experienced adoptive parents.

Please note, all prices listed on this page are exclusive of VAT.


Parent Consultant Service

This service is for adoptive parents, special guardians or carers, at any stage of their adoption journey, who are experiencing challenges or difficulties. For example:

  • Challenging, defiant or destructive behaviour
  • Aggression, violence and controlling behaviours
  • Breakdown in communication, resulting in distance between parent and child or between parents
  • Coping with the intensity and stress that can come with parenting a traumatised child
  • Blocked care – parents who are no longer able to find a positive connection with their child

Unlike most therapeutic and support services, our Parent Consultant Service is provided remotely by telephone.

This allows parents to access the service at a frequency and time that fits within their often busy and challenging schedules and minimises impact on the family.

Parent Consultants are all trained and experienced adoptive parents.

Download the Parent Consultant Service leaflet for more information.

Cost

£827 for an Initial Assessment and 6 x 45 minute pre-scheduled support calls. Continuation units of 6 x 45 minute calls are available at £425 per unit.

Referrals are through the family’s local authority or agency post adoption support team. This service is approved for funding by the Adoption Support Fund.

Parents can self-refer for a reduced rate available on enquiry. Referrals and enquires can be made via peersupport@pac-uk.org.


Peer Training

All of our Peer Training courses and workshops are delivered by experienced, qualified trainers who are also adoptive parents.

Parenting Our Children
Bryan Post, US parenting expert says: ‘Finally, a post-adoption course that will work!’

Bryan Post, US parenting expert says: "Finally, a post-adoption course that will work!"

Parenting our Children is Adoption UK’s cutting edge, therapeutic parenting programme now being delivered by PAC-UK. It is a research-based, six-day programme of support, for up to 16 parents.

The programme has been designed to equip parents with knowledge and understanding of developmental trauma and give them the tools they need to parent children with complex needs, including attachment issues, and to receive valuable peer support.

Parenting Our Children has been fully revised and brought up to date in conjunction with Family Futures and includes the latest neuroscience and current parenting techniques. This programme is often run across alternate Saturdays making it easier for parents to attend.

Download the Parenting Our Children flyer for detailed course information.

To find out about pricing or for further information call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.

Parenting Our Teens

An adoptive parent who attended this training says: “After 14 years as an adoptive parent, this is the first time I have attended any course where somebody spoke from experience.”

Parenting Our Teens is a unique four-day training programme for parents of adopted teenagers run by PAC-UK working with Adoption UK.

Parenting our Teens is peer-led and will help parents and carers of teenagers gain an understanding of their teenager’s needs, learn strategies to help their teenager and themselves, and get some valuable peer support.

It is research-based and was developed in response to requests from adoption support teams who have identified a need for a teen-focus programme for their local adoptive parents.

Parenting our Teens is broadly based on our well-known Parenting our Children programme and includes new elements that specifically address the issues faced by parents with teens who have experienced trauma in their early life. This programme is often run across alternate Saturdays making it easier for parents to attend.

Download the Parenting Our Teens flyer for detailed course information.

To find out about pricing or for further information call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.


One Day Workshops for Parents

All of our courses and workshops are commissioned by local authorities or agencies and can be run on weekdays or Saturdays.

Our one day workshops for parents topics include:

If parents or professionals would like further information call Kirsty on 07497 606839 or email peertraining@pac-uk.org.


Parent Feedback

“I felt that not only was I listened to and supported, but that the strategies suggested and discussed were practical and doable.” Adoptive parent

“The challenges adopting a child brings can only really truly be understood by other people who have also adopted. It was refreshing to receive help and guidance at the time from someone who, from her own personal experiences, knew exactly what we were going through which made the advice and support so much more real.” Adoptive parent

“Having something booked in with someone who ‘got it’ was a valuable thing to have in my diary. It was a glimmer of hope in those weeks that were extremely difficult that soon I would be able to off load to someone who not only understood but didn’t judge.” Adoptive parent