SafeBase: Parenting support for adoptive families
Adoptions today are not always the harmonious endings they are widely perceived to be. The average age at which children are adopted is currently just over 4 years old, and they can need significant support if they are to settle in their new family. Many have experienced poverty, neglect and abuse, and adoptive families often need support to help them understand the impact of these early experiences on the child’s behaviour and development, and crucially, their ability to ‘attach’ – to form new relationships. After Adoption's new SafeBase programme is inspired by adoptive parents and provides training, support, and the practical tools that equip them with the confidence and the skill to meet the specific needs of their children. By helping parents to address the underlying causes of difficult and challenging behaviour in their children, SafeBase has been proven to improve the long-term stability of family dynamics and to reduce the number of adoptions that break down.