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                                     David Smyth, Person-Centred Therapist




Adoption Support


"I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel." - Virginia Satir


Since December 2005, practitioners providing support for people with adoption as a significant reason for seeking counselling have required to be registered. I am registered as a counselling practitioner with Barnardos to provide specialist adoption support services.

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Aspects of my role in relation to adoption support are also met in working with people who are affected by foster care provision.


As well as working with people (adults and children) who have been adopted, I also provide support to others closely affected by adoption decisions - adoptive parents, birth parents and others. Local authorities are required to offer counselling support to birth families whose lives may be influenced by a decision to adopt a child. In Suffolk, among other counties, this service is managed on a contract basis by Barnardos. They are able to offer small grants for counselling for use with approved practitioners (including myself). If you would like more information about applying for a small grant, then you can contact me or follow this link to Barnardos.