HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE TESSA WEBSITE

TESSA stands for Therapeutic, Education and Support Services in Adoption. It is a five-year project aimed at supporting adoptive families across Northern Ireland who have children between the ages of two and 12 years. It is a joint project run by Adoption Routes and Adoption UK in Northern Ireland.

TESSA is funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of their Reaching out, Supporting Families initiative. So, for the duration of the project the service is FREE. However, we do ask that you commit to seeing through any therapy or intervention in which you are involved. There are no quick fixes for the challenges that adoption can present but we will offer you the best service we can.

At TESSA we believe…

  • relationship regulates, repairs and builds resilience
  • empathy, kindness and comfort makes us feel better
  • feeling seen, heard and valued by parents, teachers and carers helps children feel safe and calm
  • being ignored or dismissed can trigger rage and despair
  • feeling connected to another person can conquer fear and sadness.
  • a change in adults’ perception and attitude enables children to change.

Parenting Our Children Courses

Parenting therapeutically is the single most important thing we can do for our children. 
Other support services can be helpful at critical times and with specific aspects of adoption, but the everyday interventions of parents have the most power to transform a child’s life.

Tara Centre, Omagh – Day 1: 27 January 2018 Day 2: 3 February 2018 Day 3: 24 February 2018 Day 4: 3 March 2018

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SUPPORT GROUP NEWS

Fourteen Group Events

If you are interested in adoption, getting ready for placement or you are an experienced adoptive parent please join us at one or more of our support groups. We offer peer to peer education, information and support.

Available in locations throughout Northern Ireland in September and October.

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OUR VALUES
OUR SERVICE MODEL
OUR SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES

TESSA aims to support families, not “fix” children. We offer . . . MORE

We use a social model of support, which starts with . . . MORE

Confidentiality and child protection are critical in high-quality . . . MORE