Helping children to make sense of adoption

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Helping children to make sense of adoption

It can be difficult for professionals and carers to explain to children what it means to be adopted. It is even more difficult to share the painful reasons why they entered the care system. However, research tells us that if children are supported with the truth in a sensitive and age appropriate way, they can begin to process and integrate trauma and loss and build trust with new attachment figures. This course will look at ways of helping make sense of adoption and provide professionals with a better understanding of how to assist children adjust to adopted life as well as strategies and approaches to create a better working relationship with the child.

The workshop will explore:

  • Why children need information about their past
  • The adoption triangle
  • Developmental stages at which children can understand adoption
  • Adaptive grieving
  • Attachment and narrative work.
  • Practical ideas to encourage adoption conversations
  • Life story books
  • Impact of social media

This workshop is suitable for adoption, fostering and children & families social workers.

The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course will end at approx 3.00pm

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.


Jaana Montack

Jaana Montack has been working in the adoption and fostering field since 2002 including working as an adoption panel advisor. Jaana has been providing training for social workers and adoptive families, developing innovative courses exploring the more complex areas of adoption.

Her interest in training adopters developed out of recognition that adoptive families benefit from continued development of their understanding of adoption.


Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

A vibrant venue with an impressive design and fully accessible building, Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a short walk from Stratford Station in Zone 2 and it’s easy to get there by road, bus, underground or rail from across London and beyond. Stratford Circus Arts Centre has a cafe open throughout the day from 9am, serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, and a selection of teas and coffee, the venue also has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

The DLR, London Overground and TFL Rail and National Rail services from Liverpool Street, all serve Stratford station.

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre.
Once you’re outside continue straight over the main road and turn left at the Mall entrance.
Follow the road around for about 300 metres to Theatre Square on your right, where you’ll see the Picture House on your left, Theatre Royal Stratford East on your right and Stratford Circus Arts Centre straight ahead.

Alternative route:
You can access Stratford Circus Arts Centre through Stratford Mall. Once you’ve crossed the road outside the station head into the mall.
Once you reach the centre of the mall, turn left and continue to the exit. When you exit the Mall, next to Theatre Royal (on your right). Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the next building along.

Bus routes 257, 69 (24 hours) and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Great Eastern Road.

Other services run to Stratford station: 25 (24 hours), 86, 104, 108 (24 hours), 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8.

There are cycle racks at to the left of the main entrance where you can leave your bicycle.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

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