Adopting Together

multicultural family with adopted children

Help for Adoptive Couples and Parents

By its very nature, adoption is a process that has its many ups and downs. With this in mind, Tavistock Relationships is offering a specialist service designed to support adoptive parents who would benefit from exploring the effects of adoption on their own couple relationship.

This service can help by:

  • Offering a safe space to reflect on the impact of adoption on your couple relationship
  • Enable better communication between you as parents
  • Supporting you with difficulties you may be having with your adoptive child or children
  • Improving the overall quality of your parental and couple relationship

We offer an initial consultation to adoptive couples and parents and, for those who may benefit, up to a further 20 weekly sessions of 50 minutes duration. Although face-to-face sessions are only available at our two central London premises, adoptive couples and parents living outside of London may access the service online using our confidential webcam facility.

We operate a sliding scale of costs for the service with a minimum fee of £70 for self-funding couples. If, however, if you feel that this service could be of help and you are unable to meet the costs yourself, then you are advised to contact your Local Authority (Post Adoption Support Team) to discuss your needs with them and to see whether they would meet the costs.

Past users of our service have said that they found it extremely helpful both in terms of their couple relationship and in regard to parenting. One parent said that the intervention had “enabled us to listen to each other and actually hear the other person’s point of view instead of always shouting. It got us to think together as a couple”.

OFSTED Registered

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.

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


Our Team Organisational Chart can be viewed here.

To book an appointment call 020 7380 1960 or email:

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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