Adopting Mindfulness:

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Adopters 


Adoption is a life-long process with challenges and setbacks as well as satisfaction and joy. Even before individuals and couples begin to explore adoption, they may have experienced difficult life events and disappointments. They then move forward to face the reality of parenting children from the care system which comes with its own set of challenges. The stakes for all parties are high and it is vital that adoptive parents are supported to manage their own wellbeing, for themselves and for their children. 

This is an exciting and innovative one year project part funded by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre


The Programme: MBCT for Adopters has been designed to build upon the accumulating evidence base that training in mindfulness can be helpful for both parents and their children.  


  • Mindful parenting has been shown to help parents to manage the stresses and worries of everyday life.  

  • Mindfulness supports parents’ ability to be truly present with children, through the good times and times of emotional and behavioural challenge.   

  • Mindful presence may also enable parents to engage more fully with other therapeutic interventions that they and their children are receiving.  

  • Children of Mindfully Self Compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.  


Supporting adoptive parents’ ability to be with difficult emotions, to self-regulate under pressure and to listen without judgment or pushing away is, therefore, a key task for adoption and other services. Qualities of mindfulness lie at the heart of re-parenting of children who have suffered neglect and trauma and this is the rationale for offering this training as an additional source of adoption support in line with the strategic direction of the Government's own report Mindful Nation UK’ and is  included as an 'In Scope' intervention on the ASF website

What does the 8-week course involve?

The course is practical and experiential. It includes:
• 8 sessions of 2 hours
• Guided instruction in various mindfulness practices (taught in a secular way) 

• Gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
• Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life.
• Discussion in pairs and small groups as well as in the larger group.
• Daily home assignments.

• Audio CDs and a workbook.

The course is challenging and life affirming. The instructors are accomplished and skilled in creating a safe supportive and deeply engaging learning environment.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is for adoptive parents who wish to explore new ways of supporting themselves and building strong relationships with their children in a safe place with other adoptive parents. It builds upon their emotional resilience and offers space for greater flexibility and creativity in responding to their children. It also, crucially, assists adoptive parents in noticing everyday pleasures of family life that are so easily lost in challenging times. To find out more, or to book please contact us.