Helping Adoptive families fall in love with each other
Healing power of nature – A supportive community – Finding ways that work
How often as a family do you go on holiday to a place where you feel you and your children’s behaviour are all accepted by a community of non-judgmental peers? For many adoptive families the opportunity to learn to address issues of conflict, poor communication, and building relationships in a safe and secure environment is scarce. We take the parents and young person away together to an uplifting outdoor environment where they are given a unique opportunity to build on their strengths and build family relationships.
Referral by keyworker or self-referral. This is a programme for adoptive families. The parents may be struggling to form a heart relationship with their child and have found that the normal parenting approaches don’t seem to work and feel powerless to know how to best to support their child and to keep themselves sane. The child may be struggling in school as well as in the home and their behaviour may seem unpredictable and sometimes explosive.
This 7-day innovative programme is set in 17 acres of pasture, woodland, and streams in Pembrokeshire.
Our approach has been developed by parents with direct experience of adoption and neurodiversity who are also practitioners with over 30 years’ experience of working with young people and their families from the fields of social work, education, psychotherapy and forest school, including developing and delivering preventative therapeutic programmes.
We understand the quality of relationships -with self and others- to be the key to healing and change. The approach is underpinned by attachment theories, positive psychology, intersubjectivity and the Nurtured Heart Approach.
This approach provides parents with proven ways to nurture a sense of greatness and inner wealth in themselves and their children by learning to apply the three stands:
- Refuse to give energy to negative behaviour
- Super-energising success
- Implement clear consistent boundaries and consequences
A typical day includes:
- Morning: adult’s group, children’s group
- Shared lunch
- Afternoon: whole family outdoor bushcraft and land art with live coaching and support
- Evening: around the fire storytelling, music, and games
Cost – £2500 per family of up to four
Deposit – £250