We Are Family
As a prospective adopter or a family who has already adopted, We Are Family (WAF) offers an adoptive support community in and around London. They are independent, supportive and hold regular meet ups, information sharing and other initiatives. There are groups for everyone. Take a look at their website to see the activities and events they host and the areas they cover. Families living or approved by any of the consortium boroughs can attend any of the groups. The We Are Family website is also packed with information; resources for parents and children and regular blogs covering a range of information about adoption.
For the parents of adopted teenagers
The North London Adoption Consortium 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.
Adoptive parents may also meet other families by joining the local group of Adoption UK who have a programme of events. 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 families the chance to talk to fellow prospective adopters and adoptive parents, benefit from their experience and share strategies. They also enable adopted children to meet other adopted children in their local area.
Adoption UK 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 their purpose they:
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 their support services please see our website: http://www.adoptionuk.org/about-us
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