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Chroma partners with Relate on pilot to offer counselling support for adoption cases

Chroma, the UK’s leading national provider of arts therapy services, has partnered with Relate the leading relationships charity in England and Wales. As part of the pilot Relate will provide additional counselling for adoptive parents whose children are accessing Chroma’s creative arts therapies.

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, and Relate will now be providing counselling for parents through a new pilot project.

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.

Relate will provide six hour-long sessions of counselling support families as they adjust to life post-adoption.

Daniel Thomas, joint managing director at Chroma, said: “We pride ourselves on providing support to parents alongside the therapy work with children, but sometimes some separate counselling for parents can make all the difference for the family.

“Occasionally, additional support is required where adoption integration causes difficulties on the parental couple’s relationship or on a parent’s ability to cope or to manage own feelings.

“For a minority of parents extra counselling support can act as a scaffold to the work Chroma is doing with the family, so this is an opportunity for parents to access additional support when we are unable to meet these specific needs.”

Ben Collins, Director of Services, at Relate added: “We understand how demanding family life can be. Being an adoptive family may bring additional pressures to work through and manage together.  Sometimes it can be helpful for a parent or parents to take time to focus on what’s going on for them and talk through what’s working well and what might need to change in their relationship.

“Relate is able to offer up to six sessions that will be available to families across England and delivered by webcam. While most sessions will last an hour, if less time is needed then that’s fine too. We’re here to help find solutions and work out what’s best for the whole family. If the pilot proves successful we’ll be exploring ways to fund this support for more families.”

Chroma’s therapist will work closely with the family and may identify that Relate’s counselling service could be helpful. In this case, Chroma will talk through the options and refer the family if appropriate.