ADOPTIVE parents in West Cheshire are to benefit from a nationally acclaimed support programme to help build strong foundations for a loving and lasting family relationship.

The SafeBase Parenting Programme will be available to parents of adoptive children at any stage in the process - from the early months of placement through to many years after the adoption order is made.

Delivered by the charity After Adoption in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, the programme will concentrate on developing and building on the relationship between the child and their parent or parents.

SafeBase has a proven track record in other areas of the UK in preventing adoption breakdown and encouraging adoption of hard to place children.

The council’s £60,000 investment in the programme is being match-funded by the Timpson Foundation and its chairman, Cheshire businessman John Timpson, who has fostered more than 90 children and adopted two.

Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for children and families, said: “We are delighted that adoptive families in West Cheshire are to benefit from the highly specialised support offered by SafeBase.

“Investing in this programme means we are able to offer a longer term resource to meet both current and future need for adoption support.

“It will complement the extensive support we already provide to our adoptive parents, making a hugely positive contribution to improving the lives of children who have had a vulnerable start in life.”

Contact the Adoption Team on 01244 972222 or visit