Social Networks

Some Social Network areas that you may wish to connect with- links are embedded with names click to access and see more.

These links are not part of the University of Sunderland, rather they are popular and informative areas that provide information and online support, by clicking on the name you will be taken straight to their site:

The Open Nest: a creative, forward thinking charitable project offering a cost effective and informed specialist service we aim to encourage and support permanence and healing for children who deserve their second chance at a happy childhood to succeed. Link to the blog:

Al Coates: THE MISADVENTURES OF AN ADOPTIVE DAD–  Father, adopter, rider of many bikes, husband, believer, Social Worker & ex Foster Carer.

SALLY DONOVAN: Blogging site from writer and adoptive parent. As an author she writes for Community Care and has written and published ‘No Matter What’ and ‘The Unofficial Guide To Adoptive Parenting’. find/ follow:

The Adoption Social: A social networking site run by adopters. The Adoption Social is well used on Twitter and Facebook. this site offers peer support between and with families as well as information and advice via the adoption community:

POTATO (parents of traumatised adopted teens organisation):  UK based group of parents who have adopted children from the looked after system in the past 20 years.

Single Adopter: This support forum is set up especially for single adopters providing resources, support and a forum to talk through with other single adopters.


inspired foundations

Inspired Foundations: Provides training and support services for parents and professionals who live or work with looked-after, adopted or vulnerable children. Our services are based on the belief is that all children are individual, every family is unique, and each setting is different in its background, knowledge and values. Whilst not Ofsted registered Local authorities can still use services under their own contract arrangements, which can support ASF services for families


The Open Nest Provides: free information packs to those considering adoption, within the adoption process and those who have already adopted- practical, realistic and informed support including dealing with challenging behaviour, therapeutic parenting, contacts for support groups and organisations, money and legal issues and a useful resource list of books and articles. CRISIS INTERVENTION- RESPITE


logopacukPAC-UK formed in 2014 via merger of PAC and After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY). The largest independent adoption support agency. They offer a range of services including an Advice Line Adult Counselling and Intermediary Child and Family Education service working with children, parents and schools; Birth Family service Training service Their course ‘Living With An Angry Child’ costs £106pp

adoption-uk-logoAdoption UK  Acts with and on behalf of adoptive families. Adoption UK does not act as an adoption agency in itself but does support families who have adopted;  with regional support groups for parents as well as training packages for parents and professionals. Their ‘Its A Piece Of Cake’ training is specifically for parents and costs £576pp. Provides comprehensive support and guidance in relation to Post-Adoption Support funding in school (pupil premium plus) and in the home ASF, developed Adoption champions to support families in their region and locality

after adoption

After Adoption is a voluntary adoption agency working throughout England and Wales to help all those affected by adoption.  it offers it’s flagship support ‘Safebase Parenting Programme’ This can be commissioned by LA’s nationally. To buy in privately is £1,995 + vat. It also offers a SafeBase School Programme and a SafeBase in the Teenage Years programme and training. One of the supportive things they do is provide


A programme for young adopted people up to the age of 25, delivering creative projects in Wales, London & the North East, with adoptive parent support meetings and network and activities for children and young people on a regular basis – for the North East region also see events and news: