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Future Hope - helping women who have had multiple children removed from their care

We are a project, based in Durham, that works with women who have children who don't currently live in their care. We know how difficult it is when families can't stay together. We are here to offer support and a listening ear.

We work with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. We aim to give women the opportunity to take a break, reflect and take control of their lives, breaking a painful cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma. To ensure that the women are able to take a break from pregnancy, we ask them to choose from the most effective forms of reversible contraception.

How it works

Our practitioners form long-term relationships with the women, helping them in all areas of their lives to achieve their goals and attain stability. We work with women regardless of circumstances, we are assertive in our outreach, working to build their trust and engagement. Our practice is trauma informed, strength based and woman centred. We can work with women for up to 18 months. After that we offer light touch support as a safety net when women need advice or signposting.

Eligibility criteria

Complete the online Future Hope eligibility form.

To be eligible:

  • Must live in the County Durham area and have had one or more child/ren removed from their care.
  • Women will be prioritised based on age, level of need and care experience.
  • Their last pregnancy needs to be within the last 5 years.
  • We do not work with women who are currently pregnant or who have children in their care.
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