Thrive at Home for Adoptive Parents and Long-Term Foster Carers

Gain an understanding of how to manage the special challenges, joys and difficulties presented by adopted and fostered children.

8 sessions
Costs from: £715
No events scheduled

Course overview

All children who are adopted or in foster care will have experienced some degree of trauma. Their unique and often painful early experiences are likely to have left them with unmet social and emotional needs. These needs can be expressed through behaviours that can challenge and confuse such as:

  • presenting with high self-esteem one minute and then low self-worth the next
  • demonstrating aggressive or angry behaviours whilst denying any responsibility
  • showing affection to strangers but seeming unable to let you get close
  • taking but giving little in return
  • playing family members off against one another yet still desiring a secure family base

This course has will help you understand what is happening for the young person and provide you with strategies and activities to support them.

Suitable for

This course is ideal for those who are adopting or fostering, on a long-term basis, children and young people.

If you need to reschedule your course attendance because you have Covid or have to isolate, the first rearrangement is free, a subsequent rearrangement will incur an admin fee of £50 plus VAT and any further rescheduling will be charged at £100 plus VAT.


For settings that would like to commission a face-to-face training session, there is a flat rate charge of £300 per trainer per day (or part thereof) plus VAT.


Course content

During the course you will learn:

  • why adoption and long-term fostering is different from other parenting
  • how children react and cope with separation, grief, anxiety and loss
  • strategies and activities to address early developmental interruptions
  • the importance of play and the creative arts in supporting a child’s emotional development
  • how to develop and implement an individual action plan to support your child’s emotional needs and how to review their progress using Thrive-Online
  • the importance of looking after yourself through the ups and downs of this special parenting.

Where can I find upcoming Thrive training in my area?

All Thrive training is now delivered by our experienced Thrive trainers using a mix of live webinars, e-learning sessions and e-mentoring. On the Thrive training pages you can find dates for courses running throughout the year. We also have a team of regional Relationship Managers who are happy to help – meet the regional team here.

Can I complete Thrive training as an individual or do I need to be part of an organisation?

To become a Thrive Licensed Practitioner you will need to be working with children on a regular basis and be able to carry out Thrive-Online assessments to pass the course. We recommend volunteering at a school if this is not possible in your current role.

To talk through our training courses and to discuss funding options, contact our Relationship Development team on 01392 797555 or

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