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

Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, has partnered with Adoption UK, a national charity run by and for adopters, to host two online therapeutic activity sessions to help foster togetherness.

The two 45-minute sessions will run on 1 and 8 April 2020 for under 7s, over 7s and their families.

The sessions, run by a Chroma arts therapist, will incorporate a mixture of music, art and drama therapy-based activities along with a guided mediation to end.

Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma said: “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 UK will send out invitations for families to join the sessions using Zoom, the online meeting app.

These two online sessions will 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 offer additional support to families as they adjust to life post-adoption and in a time of enforced self-isolation.

If successful, these sessions offer a new way of helping adopted families to connect and bond when coming together is not an option.

Rob Langley-Swain, head of membership at Adoption UK said: “Adoption UK is delighted that Rachel is running these interactive webinars for our members. We understand the difficulties our families are facing right now and we want to help. Webinars can be a brilliant way to bring the family together, have fun and connect in a positive way. We would like to thank Rachel and Chroma for their support.”

Rachel Swanick, senior therapist and who developed the programme, added: “As the spread of covid-19 has enforced self-isolation, online counselling and arts therapies allow us to continue to positively influence adoptive families.

“We know that adoptive families have extra challenges to face, and we’re here to help alleviate negative feelings some children may be experiencing whilst being forced to isolate at home. These are 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.