Support Groups

Support groups for adopters in the Consortium are held at 3 locations  – Barnet, Enfield and Islington. They are run by the Consortium Adoption Support staff and are held every other month, usually in the evenings. They provide an opportunity for you to meet other adoptive families and staff.

For the parents of adopted teenagers

We also run a group for the parents of adopted teenagers and, once a year, hold a day long group for 5-11 year olds and their families, focusing on adoption.

For adopted adults

There is a welcoming and friendly group for adopted adults to meet up every other month in North London. It is run by adopted adults for adopted adults. A range of speakers are invited and each meeting usually has a topic for discussion. Please contact your local Adoption Support Team for further information.

For the parents of adopted children

We offer counselling and support to parents before and after adoption has taken place. The Adoption Support Teams have full information about these services.

 

Upcoming Support Groups for Adoptive Parents (matched, approved and post order)

Parents can choose which group they would like to attend:

Barnet area

For dates and more information, please contact liz.segal@barnet.gov.uk

Camden, Hackney, Haringey & Islington area

For more information please contact: vicky.west@hackney.gov.uk; val.forrest@camden.gov.uk; marlene.joseph@haringey.gov.uk; jo.mendel@islington.gov.uk 

Enfield area

For dates and more information, please contact natalie.salaman@enfield.gov.uk

PAC-UK also hold a monthly Education Support Group for adopters, special guardians & kinship carers supported by the North London Consortium.

Adoption UK

You may also meet others by joining the local group of Adoption UK who have a programme of events for adoptive families. The groups are organised by an expanding group coordinator network (many of whom are volunteers) who offer support including telephone contact, local meetings, coffee mornings, events and family fun days. All coordinators are adoptive parents, so have first-hand experience of adoption. Attending groups and events gives you the chance to talk to fellow prospective adopters and adoptive parents, benefit from their experience and share strategies They also enable your children to meet other adopted children in their local area.

Our purpose is to provide support and give a voice to adoptive families.

We offer the benefit of peer support, using a deeper level of understanding from experienced adoptive parents, enabling adopters and prospective adopters to benefit from those further along the path of adoption.

In pursuit of our purpose we:

Provide peer to peer support through our online information, message boards, helpline and different levels of individual support, depending on need. All those providing this support communicate from their lived experience of adoption and/or professional expertise.

Influence decision makers through the knowledge and experience of our members and the wider adoption and long-term fostering communities. We carry out research, develop case studies and contribute to empirical evidence of what it is like to be an adopter or long-term carer of a child who is unable to live with their birth family in the 21st century.

Provide training and publications that set out to inform adopters, carers and professionals alike of the neurological and psychological effects of early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties. Adoption UK helps parents and carers to transform the lives of children, so that they can better overcome and come to terms with what has happened in their lives.

For more information about our support services please see our website:  http://www.adoptionuk.org/about-us

 

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) have a support group for black adopters.

We are Family is a group of adopters who offer all kinds of support to adopters and their families.
They are based in Islington and Barnet and meet regularly via two initiatives: a weekly playgroup and a fortnightly parent support group. For more information, please refer to their blog.

New Family Social is the UK network for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adoptive and foster families. All our Consortium boroughs are members of NFS, which means you are members as well and can find out about all their services at www.newfamilysocial.org.uk