15 year old Scott’s blog highlights how complex, painful and often neglected by social workers and others the process of transition can be
For a long time Family Futures have recognised the importance of managing transitions well, not just as a logistical exercise but as a therapeutic opportunity. During transitions, children need people around them who can help them to express their feelings of loss, abandonment, fear and anger. Our course Helping Fostered Children Transition to a New Family encourages parents and professionals to think through key issues around transitions in order to offer more support for a child through this period.
We recruit people who have a passion for working with people and are experts in what they do.
At Family Futures our staff are our best asset. We are a small, not-for-profit organisation but our work has a huge impact on the lives of the children and families we work with. We look for people who want to be part of a service that is innovative, creative and constantly striving to do better.
Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson loses his seat
We are sorry to see Edward Timpson lose his seat and therefore no longer be Children’s Minister. He was a passionate and devoted moderniser of Children’s Services who has been able to offer a consistent lead to the Department of Education. He has paved the way for post adoption support by introducing the Post Adoption Support Fund and therefore sustaining adoption as a viable permanency option for children in the care system.
Family Futures — one of the UK centres for Theraplay training with a qualified UK-based lead trainer
Family Futures is now one of the UK centres for Theraplay training with a qualified UK-based lead trainer, co trainer and assistant, who taught our first course last week.
Originally developed in the US to help parents and carers in caring for children and improve attachment formation, Theraplay has taken the UK by storm in recent years. It’s now used by frontline professionals working with children, including social workers and therapists, across the country.
Children who experience trauma can display social, emotional and cognitive problems during their lives
“Many young children adopted from Romanian orphanages by UK families in the early 90s are still experiencing mental health problems even in adulthood, researchers say”, says an article on the BBC.
Are you an an adoptive parent, foster carer or special guardian caring for a child who has experienced trauma? Psychiatrist Bruce Perry is optimistic about the future
Perry makes it clear that resolving sustained trauma in the birth family takes time, but he is optimistic that many of these children can and will have a positive future.
On 25 January 2017, the Government let all Directors of Children’s Services know that they are continuing with the policy of the ‘fair access limit’ for the Adoption Support Fund, with costs above £5,000 matched funded by local authorities.
We welcome the debate the Daily Mail article has stimulated. The article could have done without the sensationalism, however the points made are valid. Family Futures is pleased that the government for the first time has really begun to address this issue with the Adoption Support Fund, as guaranteed post adoption support funding is the only thing that will make adoption sustainable and attractive to would be adoptive parents. Currently though we don’t think the formula is quite right and the level of demand has been underestimated. We hope that government funding will be sustained and enhanced to ensure a realistic post adoption package for all is put in place.
Family Futures is closed from 5pm on Thursday 22 December 2016 to 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
If you are a family in treatment with Family Futures and have a crisis during this time, please ring either the Emergency Duty Social Work Team for your area, the police or an ambulance.
Alternatively you could ring Family Futures on the main number (0207 354 4161) and leave a message on the answer machine. A member of the management team will be checking the messages once a day and will get back to you within approximately 24 hours of you leaving a message.
As of 15 November 2016, Family Futures is accepting referrals for Assessment and Treatment packages.
As you may be aware, due to changes announced on Thursday 6 October 2016 in relation to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), there is now a £5,000 cap per child being applied to Assessment and Treatment packages until the end of this financial year – although with matched funding by the Local Authority, there may be a higher amount agreed.