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Helping Fostered Children Transition to a New Family

Every transition is a trauma for Looked After and fostered children. They’ll have feelings about moving from one family to another, even if they work hard not to show their feelings or dissociate from them.

If these feelings are not addressed, children may find it difficult to form attachments with their new families. During this transition, children need people around them who can help them to express their feelings of loss, abandonment, fear and anger.

Additional information


Self-Funded Parent/Carer, Standard Professional, Associate Professional

Course objectives

Helping children to move from foster home to permanent placement has been a neglected area of practice. For many children, such moves are fraught, hasty and sometimes represent the loss of a significant carer.

Our two-day course will encourage parents and professionals to think through the key issues that could arise during a placement. This will help you to support a child through this transition period. It’s a chance for social workers, adoptive parents, foster carers and therapists to join a learning forum.

What skills will you take away?

For professionals:

  • You’ll learn about the types of issues that can arise during this transition period and how it can affect both children and their families
  • Practical guidelines and strategies for minimising the potential difficulties of placing a fostered child with a new family
  • An understanding of how specific considerations and constraints affect the way professionals manage transitions with their own clients
  • How to work as a team with everyone involved

For parents:

  • You’ll learn about the difficulties a child can face when they move to a new home, and how this can affect both you and them
  • You’ll take away practical strategies and tips to help your child cope during this transition period

Who should attend?

Social workers, family placement workers, adoption and fostering teams, panel members, adoptive parents, foster carers and special guardians


Sue Hughes, Social Worker, Integrative Child Psychotherapist & Consultant Practitioner, Family Futures
Sue worked as a social worker with children and families for 18 years before retraining and qualifying as a child psychotherapist 10 years ago, focusing on children in foster care and adoptive families. She then joined the team at Family Futures, where she helps families make sense of early trauma and attachment relationships. Sue is an experienced and enthusiastic trainer whose therapeutic skills are grounded in the day-to-day realities of service providers.

George Bunting, Systemic Practitioner, Social Worker & Senior Practitioner, Family Futures

George has worked as a social worker for ten years across a number of Local Authorities specialising in work with disabled children, child protection, looked after children, and adult mental health. George has personal experience as a kinship carer, which informed his move to work at Family Futures. George works as part of the therapy team, supporting families to make sense of early trauma and attachment relationships, as well as assessing prospective carers, family finding and matching children for adoption. George is currently in his final stages of qualifying as a systemic psychotherapist.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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