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Christine Gordon

We were deeply saddened to hear that Christine Gordon, one of the founding members of Family Futures, died recently in a car accident in Costa Rica.  

Christine was an adoptive parent full of enthusiasm and passion for supporting adopters. She completely understood the struggles many adopters were facing, at a time when these were not widely acknowledged, and would do everything she could to help adoptive families, day or night. Christine was much loved by other adopters and a driving force behind setting up Family Futures in 1998.

Christine was Scottish and loved her bike and adventures in the great outdoors. She was one of only a few women to have completed climbing all the Munros in Scotland and went on to climb all the Furths (the plus-3000ft mountains in England, Wales and Ireland). In doing so, Christine became the first woman to climb all of Ireland’s mountains. Christine travelled to all the continents including Antarctica, and loved walking and cycling in different countries around the world. She set up a YouTube channel with videos of travel and hill walking to inspire others to pursue their own adventures and travels.

All of us at Family Futures would like to offer our sincere condolences to Christine’s family and loved ones. A truly inspiring lady who made a huge difference to the lives of the many adoptive families she was dedicated to.

We are open and running our services to support you at this difficult time

Family Futures is committed to supporting children and families at this difficult and stressful time. We are open and running our assessment and therapeutic treatment services through secure, digital platforms. We are also accepting new referrals.

Our advice line is here for you:

Email: contact@familyfutures.co.uk or call 020 7354 4161

Letter from Jay Vaughan to families – Read more…

Adoption Support Fund and Coronavirus FAQs for service providers – published by the DfE

Letter from Jay Vaughan to families

Dear families, parents, children and young people,  

I hope you are all keeping well and safe.  

The advice on managing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is changing daily, and the most important consideration is of course the health and wellbeing of us all! With this in mind the whole team at Family Futures has been thinking about how we can continue to support you all.  

Our aim as an agency is to ensure that we continue to provide you with support and to ensure that we survive as an agency so we can provide a service post this crisis.  

We have been working out an individual support plan for each family in treatment at Family Futures and also for families who had or are about to have an assessment. We will be offering your support plan remotely, for instance via virtual forums.  We are asking you to agree to this support programme as the best way forward, in these unprecedented times, to ensure we offer continued support to your family through this challenging time and to help ensure Family Futures is still here for you after this crisis. I am not sure if all of you are aware we are a small, not for profit organisation with no grant funding, charitable funding or government funding underpinning us so we cover our costs each month by the income we generate by providing assessment, therapy and so on.

We are also planning to keep posting online ideas for families about activities they can do at home and our advice line service will still be running to support you at this time.  

Keep safe all and keep in touch.  

With hugs from all at Family Futures or rather elbow bumps for now!

Jay

Jay Vaughan, Registered Manager and CEO

Family Futures, updated 22 March 2020

‘Agency helps children develop more secure attachments’

Family Futures’ innovative practice is highlighted in Children and Young People Now‘s Therapeutic Care supplement, Feb/March 2020

We were delighted to feature in this article in ‘Children and Young People Now’ which highlights our innovative practice in therapeutic care. The article describes our NPP model of therapy & DDP’s emphasis on parental involvement in the therapeutic process.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Please read a letter to all our families from Jay Vaughan, Registered Manager and CEO, Family Futures (updated 22 March 2020)

Family Futures is now offering all services virtually (by video, phone or digitally) from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice. We are taking this step to protect all the families and professionals who use our services, and our staff.

New training for parents and carers, 2020

Announcing our new courses for 2020 designed to support adoptive parents, foster carers, special guardians and kinship carers to parent their child therapeutically. Each course provides life-changing practical techniques and skills as well as an understanding of how trauma affects all aspects of a child’s development. Click on the links below to find out more:

See our full list of courses for parents and carers here

Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Please read a letter to all our families from Jay Vaughan, Registered Manager and CEO, Family Futures

Family Futures is now offering all services virtually (by video, phone or digitally) from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice. We are taking this step to protect all the families and professionals who use our services, and our staff.

LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2020

We’re proud to support LGBT+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2020. The theme this year is #WhyNotYou and tackling the myths that stop people coming forward. As members of New Family Social we welcome LGBT+ enquiries. Why not find out more about adoption here, or you can email us or call us on 020 7354 4161.

You can read more about this year’s campaign on New Family Social’s website: LGBT+ people need to ‘rule themselves in, not out’ as adopters and foster carers

Family Futures’ research papers reviewed by Kim Golding, DDPI Board Member

Kim Golding, DDPI Board Member, has written a Paper Review summary on our three research papers published in peer reviewed journals outlining the development and evaluation of the Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy (NPP) treatment model. You can read more about the Paper Review on the DDP Network website here.

“These papers describe the developing evidence for the efficacy of an integrative, biopsychosocial intervention for adopted children who, on average, were within the mid-childhood age range at time of initial assessment. The model uses a synergy of therapeutic approaches, underpinned by DDP, and delivered using a wrap-around approach which supports parents, schools and the professional network.” From the Paper Review by Kim S. Golding, DDPI Board Member, 2020

Dr Dan Hughes delivers DDP Level 2 training at Family Futures

Great to welcome Dr Dan Hughes, founder of DDP, at Family Futures to deliver DDP Level 2 training here (3-6 February). DDP is a treatment model for professionals working with traumatised children to improve attachment relationships. We have a few spaces left on our next DDP Level 2 training running in July 2020. You can find out more about DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and our other training courses for professionals here.

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