Published on
05 September 2019

The conference will discuss the benefits of and importance of supporting the birth parents of children who have been adopted

Pioneering adoption agency Adoptionplus, run in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s, is hosting the event at Woburn Abbey

Professionals in the social care sector from across the UK are invited to a special conference on the therapeutic approaches and benefits of supporting birth parents of children who have been adopted.

Pioneering adoption agency Adoptionplus, run in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s, is hosting the event at Woburn Abbey on Tuesday 17th September to open up the discussion around ways birth parents can, and should be, supported during what can be a difficult time.

During the conference, Beth Neil, who is Professor of Social Work as well as being the Director of Research and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, will share the findings of her research ‘Contact After Adoption’.

She will be joined by Dr Lizette Nolte, Principal Lecturer on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Hertfordshire, who will talk about her research into the birth relative counselling Adoptionplus delivers.

Other speakers include Claire Mason, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Child and Family Research in Lancaster University, discussing the vulnerabilities of birth mothers, and Tracy Morton, Adoption Manager for Bedford Borough Council, talking about birth relative counselling from a commissioner’s perspective.

During the event, Joanne Alper, Director of Services at Adoptionplus, will also be launching her new book Supporting Parents whose Children have been Adopted. The book aims to provide a better understanding of the needs of birth parents. It also looks at approaches for therapeutic support and how this can benefit the birth parent, the child who has been adopted and any future children the parents may go on to have.

Joanne Alper, Director of Services at Adoptionplus, said: “Supporting birth parents who have had their children adopted can provide multiple benefits to many people.

“With the publication of this book, and the conference we are hosting, we hope to start a national debate about the specific needs of birth parents and the types of services that could be helpful.”

The conference takes place on Tuesday, 17th September, from 1pm – 5pm at the Sculpture Gallery in Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire. Tickets are £50+ VAT per person.

Adoptionplus and Barnardo’s would also like to thank the Duchess of Bedford for kindly donating the use of Woburn Abbey for the conference and her continued support.

To book visit www.adoptionplus.co.uk, email [email protected] or call 01908 218251.

Adoptionplus and Barnardo’s would also like to thank the Duchess of Bedford for kindly donating the use of Woburn Abbey for the conference and her continued support.