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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, colleagues and friends 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.

DDP Level 1 Training at Family Futures

Thank you to all who attended DDP Level 1 training here (27-30 January) with Julie Hudson. DDP is a treatment model for professionals working with traumatised children to improve attachment relationships. You can find out more about DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and our other training courses for professionals here

Family Futures’ response to the goverment’s recent ‘focus on adoption’ policy

Where is the support to make adoption a good option for traumatised children?

The Children’s Minister, Michelle Donelan, recently wrote to all Directors of Children’s Services urging them to consider adoption as a permanence option, stating: “we are determined to see adoption pursued whenever it is in a child’s best interests.” This follows a steady decline in the number of adoptions in the past four years, in spite of rising numbers of children in care.

Permanence and stability, whether it is in an adoptive home, special guardianship home or foster care is rightly what is needed for children who cannot live with their birth families but we are still missing the point. You can’t just transplant a traumatised child into a new family and think the child and family are going to thrive. Children who have suffered ‘significant harm’ through abuse or neglect in their early years need long term therapeutic support. The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has been a welcome step forward for adoptive families to access support, but the capped level of funding means that those families who need more than a low level of intervention are still not getting their needs met.  Without more support, over and above the capped ASF, adoption is setting many new families up to fail.

What is needed is a more systematic approach to assessing children in a multi-disciplinary way so that their complex needs can be addressed, and a streamed allocation of ASF funding would ensure these children and their families get the appropriate level of support. Our research shows the significantly improved outcomes for adopted children with complex needs who received holistic therapeutic support. As a society, we need to design an adoption system that works for the families who come forward to provide a loving, stable home to our most vulnerable children.

Best wishes for the festive season


Contacting Family Futures over Christmas – please click here.

Contacting Family Futures over Christmas

Family Futures will be closed from 5pm on Monday 23rd December 2019 and will re-open at 9am on Thursday 2nd January 2020.

If you are a family in treatment with Family Futures and have a serious emergency or crisis during this time and you think that the crisis requires the emergency services, we suggest you call them first. You can then ring into Family Futures on the main number 0207 354 4161.

On the days when the office is closed (Tuesday 24 December to Wednesday 1 January inclusive) a Duty Manager will be available between 10am and 5pm. On days when the office is open you can contact a Duty Manager between 5–9pm.

If when you ring in, you then press 3 as instructed on the answerphone message, it will divert your call to the Duty manager’s mobile.

Please leave a message with your name, number and why you are calling and the Duty Manager will call you back as soon as possible. We hope however that you have an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Q&A with Alan Burnell in Adoption Today magazine

After 21 years at the helm of Family Futures, our co-founder Alan Burnell, retired in September 2019. You can read a Q&A with Alan which featured in Adoption Today magazine (October 2019) here, about the highlights of his career and his hopes for the future of adoption services.

Adoption Today is a magazine for Adoption UK members. If you are interested in more information about the magazine visit: https://www.adoptionuk.org/adoption-today.

Tributes to Alan Burnell on his retirement

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