FACTS - Therapeutic support for adoptive families

FACTS provides therapeutic assessment and support services tailored to meet the needs of individual children and young adults traumatised prior to adoption and fostering placements.

The range of therapy services includes counselling, Theraplay®, clinical psychology, life story work, creative play therapy, homeopathy and filial therapy. These services significantly increase the likelihood of placements having long term success.

We appreciate that many of the challenges encountered by our families stem from their children’s early life experiences.  The children often have difficulties in trusting adults and forming healthy relationships within their new families. 

The FACTS therapeutic model is based on theory, research and practice models within the complex trauma/attachment perspective.  We integrate particular models within the complex trauma/attachment perspective particularly Theraplay® and Dan Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). 

We take a holistic approach and work with parents, children and families individually and together, as well as providing specific training programmes for adoptive parents and potential adoptive parents.

Our Family and Children Therapeutic Support (FACTS) service  was voted the “Voluntary Adoption Service of the Year” in the BAAF National Adoption Week Awards 2013.

All FACTS therapists are registered with their own professional body and have had the required range of checks completed in order to comply with the requirements of providing services under the Adoption Support Service Regulations 2005.

How does FACTS work?

We normally work directly with parents and children together, although there may be individual sessions in particular circumstances – working with the child or young person, or with parents. We also offer consultations to professionals.

Who can benefit from FACTS?

The FACTS service is available to PACT families who have adopted a child through PACT who is under the age of 18. The service is also available to families who attend PACT’s community projects.

In 2015-16 the FACTS service supported more than 130 families by providing targeted therapeutic support, resulting in more families staying together and increasing the longer term positive outcomes for these children and their families.

The FACTS service is PACT’s commitment to provide the support that our amazing adopters and their children need to stay together and thrive.

Where does the therapeutic support take place?

The therapy may take place in the family home, at the PACT therapy room in Reading or at the therapist’s own therapy room.

We also run an Attachment Focused Parenting Course Information - to find out more about this see our Training page.

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