Chroma partners with Adoption Scotland to offer online therapy sessions for children and their adopted families

Following the recent success of providing online therapy sessions for Adoption UK, Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, has now partnered with Adoption Scotland to host another two online therapeutic activity sessions to help foster togetherness.

The two 45-minute sessions will run on Friday 10 July for 5-8 year olds and Friday 10 July for 9-14 year olds. The sessions, run by Chroma’s senior music therapist Rachel Swanick will incorporate a mixture of music, arts and drama therapy-based activities along with a guided mediation to end. families.

Daniel Thomas, managing director at Chroma said: “We are excited to extend our online therapy sessions in Scotland as we know there are adoptive families all over the UK who need support. We aim to provide families a time to connect and develop a sense of wellbeing together using art therapies. We hope that families can use the activities in everyday life to help foster communication and a sense of togetherness.”

Adoption Scotland has sent out invitations for families to join the sessions using Zoom, the online meeting app.

These two online sessions aim to help develop connections between family members for improved bonding as well as help older children learn to feel more comfortable communicating with their new family. These sessions will also offer additional support to families as they adjust to life post-adoption and in a time of enforced self-isolation.

Based on the overwhelming success of the online therapy sessions with Adoption UK, Chroma aims to help adopted families in Scotland, to connect and bond, when coming together may still not be an option.

Daniel added: “As the spread of COVID-19 has prevented face-to-face therapy, online counselling and arts therapies has allowed us to continue to positively influence adoptive families.

“Though the lockdown shows signs of easing, we know that adoptive families still have extra challenges to face, and we’re here to help alleviate negative feelings some children may be/may have been experiencing whilst being forced to isolate at home. These are and have been, challenging times for everyone, but especially adoptive families.”

Chroma provides therapy for adopted children and young people through the government’s Adoption Support Fund, which supports eligible adoptive families with essential therapeutic services.

Chroma works closely with over 45 local authority post-adoption services and uses music, art and drama therapy to enhance parent/child bonding, strengthen family relationships, reduce anxiety and aggression and support children’s development. Chroma recently became registered with Ofsted as an Adoption Support Agency, and is now the UK’s only Ofsted registered national therapies provider.