Free Adoption Support Memberships available to Adopt London families
Adopted children often have a difficult start in life and sometimes struggle with relationships and attachments to their new family and routines. They’re entitled to grow up as part of a loving family that can meet their developmental needs during childhood and beyond, and their feelings are important. There’s a variety of adoption support available to families depending on your needs, and Adopt London is here to help guide you towards the most appropriate form of support as and when you most need it.
Support for adopters
Due to early trauma and separation, adopted children have often developed certain coping mechanisms that mean they can find it difficult to form relationships, and display challenging behaviour.
You will learn various techniques during your preparation training on how to cope with this, but as you get to know your child you will become aware of the complexities of their issues.
It is important to recognise at this point that this is the norm and that there is support and a range of therapies available to help you and your child overcome these difficulties.
Your Regional Adoption Agency can advise you on the adoption support services that may be available to you.
Support services may include:
- Advice and guidance
- Stay and play groups
- Adopter support groups
- Links to other services
- Individual support for adoptive families
- Support with letterbox contact and direct contact if appropriate
- A full assessment of your family’s needs
- Support to access funding through the Adoption Support Fund
Find your regional support
The Local Authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority or Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) where you live (if different).
Regional adoption support information:
Support for families
We have commissioned services to provide a variety of online support for adoptive families and those with a Special Guardianship Order. If you are an adopter please consider joining WAF Talks or the Adopt London Virtual Choir.
We have also been allocated a few free memberships available until the end of May 2021 for The National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) and the Adopter Hub. You may wish to consider signing up to one of these, details below.
For support during the pandemic see the additional support available on the COVID Support page.
Adopt London is working in partnership with We Are Family (WAF) an independent adoption support community that operates in and around London. Membership is free and open to adopters and approved prospective adopters who are in Stage Two of their assessment. This project is called WAF Talks and it provides 2-3 webinar events a month during COVID-19 and beyond, to provide specific information relevant to parents at this difficult time. You can even catch up on some of their recent sessions, for example:
All WAF Talks webinars and meetings are recorded for future access by WAF members, so you never have to miss out. For more details about future webinars, see our blog. In addition to the webinars, WAF also provides many opportunities to connect online, such as local group meet-ups on Zoom, blogs, a private Facebook group, and other member resources on the WAF website. All events are designed and run by adopters, on a voluntary basis. Rather than offering advice, they offer community. To sign up for a free WAF membership visit their website.
The Adopter Hub
We have some free memberships available until May 2021 with PACT’s Adopter Hub. This web based service will give you access to peer support from other adopters via live web chat, email and an exclusive adopter forum. There is also E-Learning to top up your knowledge on how to support your child, a programme of webinars and a range of resources on behaviour, online safety, mental health and development needs.
See our blog for more information about the benefits and some of the regular updates resources including:
- Staying positive whilst home schooling
- Home schooling children with additional behavioural needs
- Parenting in the Pandemic
- Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Managing children’s stress levels during the pandemic
- Online safety
- Challenging behaviours
- Single adopters during pandemic
- Adult mental health
To join please contact your regional adoption agency or your social worker and request the membership access code
National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP)
The National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) is a not-for-profit organisation, formed to help families dealing with the difficult behaviour of children who had suffered trauma, and to help with the feelings of isolation, of being blamed, misunderstood, and unsupported.
You are invited to join for free the NATP if you are an Adopter or a Special Guardian needing support. They NATP offer a range of services that can help. This short video will help to explain more about the NATP or see our blog which details some of the many benefits of joining. We have a few free memberships available until May 2021. To access simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the code ‘Adopt London’.
Join the Adopt London Choir
Adopt London is offering adoptive parents a unique and free opportunity to be part of the Adopt London Virtual Choir. Sessions provide an opportunity to come together and feel uplifted alongside other adoptive parents. Regardless of your singing ability, we will build positive memories of our time during the COVID pandemic. See our blog for more information.
The Adopt London virtual choir is run via the App Zoom by vocal coach and foster carer Megan Tanner. They meet every Tuesday for one hour at 7:30pm and work on around 3 songs every six weeks. Choir meetings are recorded and then made accessible via a private Facebook group just in case you miss a session. Any approved adopter that lives in one of the 23 Adopt London boroughs you can email Megan at email@example.com to request a choir place, we have spaces available now, please include your full name and the borough you live in or RAA that you are linked to.
If you needed a further incentive to join the virtual choir, listen to well-known singing coaches and adopters David and Carrie Grant tell us more about the benefits of singing together.
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