Supporting families

Coram provides parents with the support and advice they need at all stages of parenthood.

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Helping parents do their best for their children

If parents are struggling to cope, Coram offers early help so they can become empowered to provde a loving and secure environment for their child, or, if that is not possible, ensure that a timely decision about the child's future is made for the benefit of the chid. 

Support gateway

Coram's Support Gateway provides adoptive families and people with a special guardianship order (SGOs) with fast and easy access to a range of therapeutic assessments and interventions.These include art and music therapy, mentalisation-based therapy, and other child and family psychological interventions.

Parenting programmes for adopters

Coram offers two types of parenting programmes tailored to the needs of adopters. Parents of children aged eight and under take part in the Parenting Skills for Adopters programme while parents of older adopted children take part in the STOP programme.

Stay and play

Coram's Stay and Play sessions give Early Permanence foster carers and adoptive parents with children below school age a chance to come and play, chat and seek informal support from one another and support and advice from the post-adoption team, including a child psychotherapist. To find a Stay and Play session, see the events section on our dedicated adoption site Coram ambitious for adoption


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