Adopt is an independent registered charity established in 1989 in Northern Ireland in response to the introduction of legislation entitling adopted adults to their original birth certificates. Adopts main aim has always been to provide support for adults facing the challenges of adoption (adult adoptees, adoptive & birth parents with adult adoptees). However, during 2008 we extended our services, to birth parents that are currently losing/have recently lost a child to adoption and, to adults separated from their family of origins through being looked-after. Our main base is in Belfast and our work covers the whole of Northern Ireland. We also deal frequently with enquiries from people in Southern Ireland, from mainland UK and from other countries, e.g. Australia and America; indeed anywhere where people have a link to Northern Ireland.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our counsellors have experience of working with issues that can arise for those from the adoption and looked after communities. Our qualified counsellors have as a minimum qualification a Diploma in Person Centred or Integrative Counselling and are BACP registered.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
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Adoption & Care related issues
We charge a small fee of £10 per session.
Sessions can take place in our office in Belfast.
Sessions can be arranged between 9.30 and 3.30 Mon - Wed.
We operate a waiting list which is usually very short.
Adopts other services include, one-to-one and group support, a tracing service for individuals and social workers, an intermediary service, and a specialist library. We also have a contact register and email help available via our website: www.adoptni.com.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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