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Courses for prospective adopters and adoptive parents

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Forthcoming courses

Nottinghamshire County Council prides itself on providing support throughout the adoption process and beyond.

So for prospective adopters and adoptive parents, we offer a series of informative sessions that are helpful and fun. Often featuring key speakers with extensive experience in their field, the sessions are run throughout the year in various locations across the county.

Details of forthcoming courses will be posted on this page when they are available but if you want to find out more, e-mail: adoption.learning@nottscc.gov.uk.

Eligibility

Please note: all courses listed here are only for prospective adopters and adoptive parents who are eligible for support after adoption from Nottinghamshire County Council. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please e-mail: adoption.learning@nottscc.gov.uk as we may consider your application if we have space.

Course title:Summary:Date:
How Play Can Help Build Family RelationshipsA programme designed to consider the role of play in parenting children who have experienced trauma and how 'playful parenting' can be used to enhance and deepen attachment relationships. This training will be facilitated by a child and family therapist with a vast experience of using play with children. For the last decade Julia Davis has specialised in working with adopted children.13/06/2014
Healing Blocked Trust: a brain based model of attachmentMany adopted and fostered children can find it difficult to trust their carers which can be challenging for parents and carers. This training programme aims to help explore the impact of early life experiences on a child’s brain development and the stress parenting a mistrusting child can have upon parent’s brain, reducing the capacity for empathy and nurturing and provide strategies for parenting.21/06/2014
Growing Up AdoptedWhat is it like to grow up as an adopted person… What will your children feel about being adopted… What is likely to worry or concern them… How will you be able to help them?03/07/2014
Changing Families, Changing RolesThis course is a chance for grandparents, adult family members and friends to explore the impact of adoption on them and how they can help the adoptive family.19/07/2014
Contact in adoptionThis programme will help you consider the issues related to planning contact and ensuring this is in the best interest of your adopted child and family.14/08/2014
Welfare Right SeminarLooking after any child involves expense - children don’t live on thin air! An opportunity to check out your entitlements to benefits. Please see the information attached.10/09/2014
I Can’t Dance, don’t ask me!A programme developed to enhance your understanding of the impact of abuse upon children’s behaviour and attachment. This conference has been developed for adopters, your wider family support networks and professionals involved in supporting your children. Please see attached flyer. 13/09/2014
Helping foster Carers Grieve: letting go lightlyLoss comes in many forms at any time. It can be sudden, prolonged, and sometimes complicated by a special situation within the loss, such as grieving the loss of a child you cared for who may have needed to move on, or had very special needs. The challenge is to let go - to find a way to not hold on to the loss but at the same time to honour what has been. Please see the attached flyer for further information26/09/2014
Contact in adoptionThis programme will help you consider the issues related to planning contact and ensuring this is in the best interest of your adopted child and family.30/09/2014
Managing Behaviour for the Insecure ChildThis event has been developed to help you better understand the behaviour displayed by the children and to link this to their internal experience. Kim Golding, a nationally renowned Clinical Psychologist will be leading the workshop and helping you understand how to best to manage behaviour whilst also building trust and security for the child.11/10/2014
Changing Families, Changing RolesThis course is a chance for grandparents, adult family members and friends to explore the impact of adoption on them and how they can help the adoptive family.25/10/2014
Changing Families, Changing RolesThis course is a chance for grandparents, adult family members and friends to explore the impact of adoption on them and how they can help the adoptive family.07/02/2015

Nottinghamshire Adoption Community Website

Nottinghamshire County Council offers all Nottinghamshire adoptive parents access to a secure 'by invitation only' password protected virtual learning environment.

This website gives you access to a range of 'rooms', each devoted to a specific topic. The rooms contain information, learning materials and video relating to the topic. Some areas overlap, and you will find material linked across different topics. This website is intended to work alongside our programme of adoptive parent's learning events

You will also find links to other relevant websites, back copies of our publications 'Support After Adoption Newsletter', news of young people's activities and regular updates. In the future you will be able to attend Webinars from the comfort of your own home through 'Liveroom'.

If you have forgotten your password or username, or would like your password to be reset, please e-mail: adoption.learning@nottscc.gov.uk.

Adoption library

Adoption Learning and Development working with Nottinghamshire Libraries have put an extensive collection of books and resources on adoption and childcare in local libraries around Nottinghamshire.

All Nottinghamshire adopters receive a card which entitles them to reserve any book or resource in the collection - free of charge.

If you are a Nottinghamshire adopter or prospective adopter and you haven't received a letter and peel-out card, please contact Rachael Ellis on e-mail: adoption.learning@nottscc.gov.uk.

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