Post adoption support

There is no statutory obligation for an agency to continue to support parents, post adoption, but we believe it's important for adoptive families to feel supported, so we provide a full post-adoption support service for all of our adoptive families.

Many adoptive parents like us to continue to visit them for some considerable time after the adoption order, and we are happy to do so. We can discuss a support programme with you, or can provide help and advice as and when you find that you need it. Our 24-hour advice line is available to all of our adoptive parents.

As your child grows older, their needs and yours will probably change, and we will be there to support both of you. We'll also be there with help and advice when the time comes that your child wants to find out more about their birth family and maybe to meet them. This can be a difficult time for adoptive parents too, who can feel as if they are being rejected after many years of caring for their child. We can offer you counselling to help you to understand that your child's need to discover more about their past isn't a rejection of their relationship with you.

Family Ties

When Parents for Children took over responsibility for the work of Family Ties (formerly the Phyllis Holman Richards Adoption Society) we expected an increase in demand for post-adoption counselling services. Family Ties placed 1,135 babies with new adoptive families over a 50-year period. The average age of these 'babies' is now 37 – an age at which many adoptees seek further information about their past.

If you were a child placed by Phyllis Holman Richards/Family Ties and would like to talk to us in strict confidence, please call 020 7520 2884.