When your family needs expert, compassionate care, we can help
We provide services supported by the Adoption Support Fund, a fund which allows families to quickly access therapeutic services and mental health assessments needed by themselves or their adopted children.
The Government has recognised that the treatment and therapeutic needs of each adoptive family are different, so there isn’t a definitive list of the services that the fund can be used for. Most of the services we offer are supported by the Adoption Support Fund and we can normally offer appointments within a few weeks or even days.
Clinical Partners have experience of working with families accessing the Adoption Support Fund and will be able to support and guide you through the process.
Here are the most common therapies we provide, that are helpful for children and their adoptive families:
Mental Health Assessments – a psychiatric assessment for your child may feel scary, but can be the first step to getting things on track. Once you have a full understanding of your son or daughter’s circumstances, you are then able to decide on the best way forward.
Conditions commonly diagnosed by psychiatrists include:
A psychiatric assessment is normally available within a few weeks. You may be asked to complete questionnaires before or during the assessment and your child’s school may also be asked for information. Once we have all the reports you will be sent a full report from the psychiatrist, giving a diagnosis where possible and recommending any further treatments or medications.
Therapeutic parenting advice and techniques – parenting support can be an absolute life line for many parents who are experiencing difficulties with their children. Good parenting support will understand your personal situation and work with you to put in place techniques that are right for both you and your child. Some parents will benefit from a comprehensive package lasting several days, others may prefer a few targeted hours. We can help with both.
Psychotherapy and counselling – There are many different types of psychotherapy and it can be difficult to know which is right for your child. Our clinical advisors are all qualified psychotherapists and assistant psychologists so will be able to advise you on which therapy may suit your child best.
Psychology – psychologists and psychotherapists often do similar therapies, however psychologists tend to look at cognitive patterns more. This can be particularly useful if your child struggles in an educational setting or with certain tasks. Psychologists will often carry out tests to understand the issues your child is struggling with and use the results to determine which therapy and treatment will help the most. We have a team of child and adolescent psychologists working with us who understand the difficulties experienced by adopted children and help them overcome them.
If you would like to talk to someone today about the services we offer and how they might help you or your child, please call
020 3761 7026 or use the contact us form to request a call back.
What should I do next?
Once your Local Authority has agreed what assessment or treatment your child needs, you can contact us to discuss how we can help.
We will take a brief history and use this to determine which of our clinicians would be best suited for your family. We will then provide your Local Authority with an estimate of costs, which they can submit to the Adoption Support Fund to secure funding. Once this has been approved, we can book the appointment in.
Many of our appointments are available within a few weeks and some within a few days.
Why do adopted children often need extra support?
Even though we might not remember much of our early experiences, they are a driving force to our behaviours and personality later on in life.
Adopted children have often come from families that are chaotic, neglectful or even abusive. Many adopted children have had very difficult starts to life and may have witnessed traumatic or distressing events.
Even babies who are removed from their biological homes within their first few months will have embedded memories that can impact on the rest of their lives. In fact, some of our character traits are thought to be determined by our experience in the womb.
It is for this reason that we regard the care of the pregnant women, and this stage of life, as so important, because rapidly growing cells are so vulnerable to inimical influences, and if anything does go wrong, this can cast its shadow so far into the future” 1
The nature vs. nurture debate continues to be much debated and research is constantly showing how complex this topic is. What we do know is that our earliest interactions with others have a significant impact on our physiology – how our brain in formed.
Fonagy2 , a renowned researcher in early attachment theory, labelled the brain as a ‘social organ’ and by this he meant that our minds and emotions develop through engagement with other minds, not in isolation. So poor, or abusive, interactions during the early months or years can have significant impact on the individual. .
Whilst it might not be possible to go back in time and give your child the start in life you may wish for them, seeking professional help for your child and getting parental support for yourself can be incredibly useful and really make a difference.
What are the common issues with adopted children?
Not all children who are adopted will experience difficulties directly related to their adopted ‘status’, but for those that do, they can be hugely distressing and destructive for both the child and the adoptive family.
Issues may not show for several months or even years. Often triggers such as becoming a teenager, a death in the family or a house move can result in emotional and behavioural challenges for the adoptive child.
The following are conditions that are commonly experienced by adopted children.
- Anxiety including social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and OCD
- Self-esteem issues
- Attachment disorders (RAD)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Identity development
- General feelings of grief, loss, and rejection
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- Oppositional Defiance Disorders
How can Clinical Partners help?
- We have a nationwide team of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists able to work with children and adults experiencing a wide variety of issues.
- Appointments are often available within a few days.
- We have parenting experts who have years of experience in supporting parents learn successful parenting techniques
- We have worked with families accessing the Adoption Support Fund so understand the process well.
- Our triage team will be able to help you find the right therapist to help your child, as well as providing any psychiatric assessments or treatments necessary.
If you think your child would benefit from some help and support, please call our child and adolescent team today on 020 3761 7026.
1 Prof. Liley, A.M. (1977) The Foetus as a Personality in Ridgeway, R and House, S. (2006) The Unborn Child, Beginning a Whole Life and Overcoming Problems of Early Origin, London:Karnac
2 Fonagy, P. (2003) ‘The development of psychopathology from infancy to adulthood: the mysterious unfolding of disturbance in time’, Infant Mental Health Journal 24 (3):212-39