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Support for Adoptive Families in Northern Ireland

CARING FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS

PARENT AND CHILD THERAPIES

TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS

TESSA Northern Ireland

028 9046 9211

Support for Adoptive Families
in Northern Ireland

CARING FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS

PARENT AND CHILD THERAPIES

TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS

TESSA Northern Ireland

028 9046 9211

HELLO AND WELCOME TO
TESSA NORTHERN IRELAND

TESSA stands for Therapeutic, Education and Support Services in Adoption. We are a project aimed at supporting families across Northern Ireland who have at least one child between the ages of two and twelve years old, who has been adopted.

TESSA is a Family Routes project, partnered with Adoption UK (NI).

TESSA is currently funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of their Reaching out, Supporting Families initiative

At TESSA we believe…

 

  • Relationships and connection are at the core of our work and through strengthening relationships we build 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
  • Some ‘traditional’ parenting styles are not helpful in parenting a child who has experienced early trauma
  • You are the expert of your family and their needs. We will let you guide the way with our support.

Find out more about Equine Therapy in TESSA

OUR VALUES

TESSA aims to support families, not “fix” children. We believe that parents who practise therapeutic parenting are the greatest therapy for hurt children….

OUR SERVICE MODEL

TESSA support starts with parents because parents are a child’s safe base. The more flexible, resilient and supported parents feel, the stronger the family unit will be ..

SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES

Confidentiality and child protection are critical in high-quality support services. All of our therapists who work with children are ACCESS NI enhanced disclosure checked ….

How To Access Our Services

You can self refer or you can be referred by your post-adoption team via our contact details.

To view more details and download a referral form use the link below.

Recent Items From Our News & Events …..

TESSA Teens Launch Friday 6th May 2022

TESSA Teens Launch Friday 6th May 2022

We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of our new service TESSA Teens. TESSA Teens is a mental health project designed to support the therapeutic needs of adopted teenagers and their...

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TESSA successful in bid to the Mental Health Fund!

TESSA successful in bid to the Mental Health Fund!

TESSA Coordinator, Roxanne Small, Family Routes Board Member, Oliver Johnson, and Family Routes Administrator Marie Walker, meet with Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Robin Swann, to receive funding from the Department for Health’s Mental Health Fund.

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