Children in Care

Birth parents are parents whose children who are no longer in their care. This may be because your children have been released for adoption, or because they have been removed from your care. Losing the care of your child is life-changing.

Children in Care

If this is something you have experienced you may feel very alone and may feel like your purpose or meaning in life is gone. It may seem as though you have lost your identity and wonder about your future.

Our team understand that birth parents can be left with complicated feelings of loss which are often hidden or secret.

Many birth parents want a place where they can talk about their children and about what has happened to them with someone out with their situation.

Alternatives have a specialist team of counsellors who can support birth parents through loss, offering compassionate support. We don’t judge you or tell you what you should think or feel.

Reflect for birth parents provides real care for birth parents who wish to take time to understand what has happened to them, to tell their own story and begin to make sense of the losses or trauma they have experienced. Our support builds resilience to cope with everyday life and enables each person to work out what their needs are and set goals for the future.

‘Reflect’ is a relational, person-centred approach, seeing each individual as valuable with a unique story to tell. If you or someone you know would like to access this support, please Text 07599 955231 or contact us. We will get in touch to discuss this with you. Clients are assigned a counsellor who will work with them, normally for around 12 sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. All our support is free and confidential.

Counselling is available through telephone appointments, online video or face to face appointments.

Booking an appointment

If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone you can arrange an appointment online, or give us a call or send a text to 07599 955 231.

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Need support now?

If you need urgent support, we encourage you to contact one the following services.


Call 116 123

Breathing Space

Call 0800 83 85 87

Emergency Services
Call 999