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Tavistock Relationships has produced, Couples Who Adopt: A Guide to Helping Adoptive Couples, an important new guide in our series which offers particular guidance and insights for practitioners working in the adoption sector. Download the guide here.

The guide draws on  70 years’ worth of experience that Tavistock Relationships has  developed  in working with couples, combined with the direct knowledge gained from a year long project providing  relationship support to adoptive parents, as part of a programme funded by the Department for Education. It will assist professionals in identifying the concerns and challenges faced by couples who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children and suggest ways of identifying ways to help and support these families .

Of the publication, Susanna Abse, CEO of Tavistock Relationships said: 

“Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding things a couple can do but equally  one of  the most challenging and life changing . The dynamics of family life change completely and that inevitably impacts on a couple’s relationship. There was a recognised need to support couples post adoption which is why this work was commissioned by DfE and we hope this guide will provide an invaluable resource of practical guidance and knowledge which will help grow the development of relationship support services for adoptive parents. We think it moves the conversation on to show how important it is for  those who work with adoptive families to be aware of the different focus required to help parents with their  relationships and therefore (most crucially)  helping adoptive children, improving their life chances.”