Adopting Together

multicultural family with adopted children

FREE London-based Relationship Support for Adoptive Parents

Tavistock Relationships is offering FREE counselling support for adoptive parents, funded by a grant from the Department of Education. The Adopting Together Service is OFSTED registered and is designed to help couples take care of their own relationship, manage the stresses of parenting and enhance their children's lives. We welcome both heterosexual and same-sex couples.

Working with our experienced therapists in a safe and confidential setting, you can be helped to think about the issues that may be affecting your relationship.

You can read our service's Statement of Purpose, download it here.

Our Team Organisational Chart can be viewed here.

Our specialist services can help by

  • Offering you a safe space to reflect on how adoption is affecting your relationship as a couple
  • Enabling better communication between you and your partner
  • Supporting you both with difficulties you may be experiencing
  • Enhancing the quality of your relationship and, at the same time, your parenting 

What's involved? 

After an initial consultation, you may be offered up to 20 sessions with one of our experienced therapists. The sessions last 50 minutes and will be held at our Central London premises in Warren Street or New Street. You can also discuss alternative service options with the therapist.


Feedback from previous participants

'It gave us focused support to help us stabilise our relationship and build resilience.'

'It is a positive, challenging, and rewarding journey.'

'This is a tremendous opportunity to help your marriage, family, kids and self in a cheerful, helpful, non-threatening environment.

'Helped me to listen and communicate more. We now argue much less and this has helped us and our child.'

'It has been brilliant for our relationship.'

If you are interested in finding out more about our Adopting Together Service or if you would like to make a referral, you can contact us by email: or call: 020 7380 1950.

If you work for a Local Authority Fostering and Adoption Team, Voluntary Adoption Agency, Child and Adolescent Mental Health team or are CoramBAAF associates and you would like to make a referral, or if you would like further information about this service, you can contact the Adopting Together team by telephone or email:

Adoption Support Fund

You may also be eligible for assistance from the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). This Government funding has been available across England and Wales since May 2015 to provide families with support following adoption. The Fund enables adoptive parents to access the services they need more easily. You can find out more information on the ASF by visiting the Department for Education website or First4Adoption website

After Adoption – Theo and Marie’s Story

In the movies, the moment when a parent adopts their longed-for child generally comes at the end of the film, the ‘happily ever after’ moment. However of course, in real life, adoption and parenthood in general just aren’t that simple.  Theo and Marie* have been together for over 10 years.They made the decision to adopt 5 years ago and were matched with twin girls, Rosa and Marta whom they have had for 2 years.

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