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A for Adoption – Stories and Experiences


Course overview

This is a free Masterclass for adoptive parents and older adopted young people.

The session will be led by Alison Roy, who is an author, Clinical Lead for a specialist adoption service and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She will be joined by Consultant Social Worker and Senior Fellow HEA, Robin Solomon. The Masterclass will include a number of readings from the recently-published book, A For Adoption – all focusing on the voices of adoptive parents and adopted young people.

Prior to the Masterclass, you will be given the opportunity to provide questions for Alison and Robin to address during the session.


Please note that this Masterclass has now come to an end. Sign up to hear about future Digital Academy courses and events in this area.


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Course aims

This Masterclass aims to help adoptive parents and older adopted young people to make sense of their stories or histories. We will discuss a number of themes which may resonate with your own adoption journey, including feelings of loss and trauma, the challenges of living with unanswered questions, and the difficulties of having more than one family “in mind”. We will explore ways to understand and find meaning in these experiences, and build up resilience for tougher times.


Course topics

  • We will reflect on the experience of adoptive parents, who can often feel scrutinized, misunderstood, isolated, or “not good enough”.
  • We will discuss feelings of separation and loss – losses experienced by adoptive parents, as well as by adopted children.
  • We will explore trauma and attachment difficulties, and how these can appear within family dynamics.
  • We will address themes relating to identity and belonging, and how adopted young people can feel “between” two worlds and families.
  • We will explore how to build resilience during tougher times – discussing the importance of understanding these confusing feelings, and having a ‘companion’ on the journey, who understands these issues.
  • We will discuss contact with birth parents – the risks and challenges associated with this, and some ways of exploring it as a family.

Who is this course for?

This Masterclass is for adoptive parents and older adopted young people, as well as friends and family members who wish to understand more about adoption.

If you are a professional working in this area, our A for Adoption – Relationships Matter Masterclass is for you.


Course requirements/assessment

There are no requirements for this Masterclass, and attendance is free. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you a link to the Zoom video platform, where you will watch the live session. There’s no assessment associated with this Masterclass, just click the link and watch!


Course Timings

This Masterclass was delivered live via Zoom on Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 6:00pm UK time, and lasted approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Please note that this Masterclass has now come to an end. Sign up to hear about future Digital Academy courses and events in this area.


Course facilitators

Alison Roy

Alison Roy

Alison Roy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in East Sussex and has been working as a psychotherapist for 20 years. Alison is also the co-founder and Clinical Lead for the CAMHS and East Sussex Post Adoption mental health service – AdCAMHS. Her work focuses on understanding trauma and distress and how this manifests…

Robin Solomon

Robin Solomon originally trained as a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist in NYC in 1979. After working in both New York and London, she joined the staff at Brunel University where she taught Social Work. In 2001, she joined the staff at the Tavistock Clinic, where she worked as both a clinician and educator. Her…
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