TESSA families study : report of pilot evaluation

Jones, Christine and Grant, Maggie and Sosu, Edward (2021) TESSA families study : report of pilot evaluation. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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TESSA is a new adoption support service developed by Adoption UK and operating in England, Scotland and Wales. The core service combines three pillars of support, namely, peer support for adopters, a consultation with a clinical psychologist and a reflective parenting group to improve quality of life and outcomes for adoptive families. This document reports the results of a pilot evaluation of TESSA conducted by a team from the University of Strathclyde in preparation for a larger evaluation of TESSA that will take place between 2021 and 2023. The purpose of the pilot was to obtain some early data on the impact and effectiveness of the new TESSA service and to test out elements of the larger evaluation design. The pilot evaluation used a mixed methods approach to capture data on service usage and user satisfaction for 20 adopters engaging with TESSA. Standardised measures were also used to examine the effectiveness of TESSA and the wider experience of adopters of post adoption support were explored through a series of qualitative interviews.