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Adopt London North Support

Whatever your connection to adoption, we know the impact is lifelong. We know there are challenges for adopters, adopted children and adults and birth family members. The Adopt London North (ALN) team are here to support you.

Adopt London North Support

If you are an adoptive family living in any of the Adopt London North boroughs; Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey or Islington, or your child was adopted from any of these boroughs, please contact us and we can discuss the support available. You will be able to speak with a social worker who will assess your needs and signpost you to the right support.

We’ll contact you for more information to ensure we provide the best service and/or signpost you to the right support.

Scroll down to see the support available from Adopt London North.

Email: adoptionsupportduty@islington.gov.uk

Telephone: 020 7527 4777 (select Option Two)

Letterbox email: ALNLetterbox@islington.gov.uk

Support for adoptive families

As soon as your child comes to live with you, you’ll have access to a range of services and support from the ALN team, your local borough and the partners we work with. You can join organisations and meet other adoptive families, access specialists, education experts and a range of resources. Read our Adopt London North support booklet for more information.

Life story work – Monthly life story work sessions are available for you if you are parents wanting to expand your child’s Life Story Book, or talk to your child about their early life. Whether you are just starting or continuing work with your child, our monthly 1-2-1 sessions can help. Contact the team to find out more.

Life story work advice line – A 20 minute telephone call with a dedicated social worker to discuss your child’s life story. You can book your one-to-one session anytime between 10-11am for any of the following days – 10 June or 8 July. Please see our Life Story Work flyer for more information, future dates and to book your session.

Adoption support fund – Some adoptive children will have experienced early trauma, or need support in understanding their thoughts and feelings around adoption. The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) helps to financially enable families access to a variety of therapeutic support.  This can involve play therapy, art therapy, family therapy or talking therapy for example, with the goal of supporting adopted children to better understand themselves and improve their wellbeing and relationships.

Support from our partners – Adopt London North work with organisations who support adoptive families. These adoption-focused organisations may offer meet ups in person or online events, podcasts and resources to support your family.

Support for adopted adults

As an adopted adult, you may want to know more about your early life, the reasons you came into care or the circumstances around your adoption. We can support you with accessing your birth/adoption records and signpost you to organisations who specialise in tracing birth family members, counselling and trying to get in contact with birth family members, if that is what you want to do. There is a range of support available to you, from the Adopted Adults page on this website and from the ALN support team.

Adopted adults group – Are you an adopted adult? Would you like to meet other adopted adults? Why not come and join our friendly and welcoming group for adopted adults in north London. Read our Adopted adults group flyer to find out more, and how you can sign up.

Support for birth families

Navigating the loss of a child to adoption can be challenging for many birth parents and birth relatives.  It is common for this process to evoke strong and complicated feelings.  Whether the local authority decided adoption was in your child’s best interest or you made an adoption plan yourself, ALN is here to support you through your journey.

Our experienced social workers can offer advice, help you with existing or new contact arrangements, help you to write letters for letterbox contact, or signpost you to organisations that offer a listening ear or short-term counselling services.  When your child becomes an adult, ALN also can help you to make contact with them and support you through the reunion process.

Advice and counselling for birth parents and birth relatives – If you would like to talk to someone about your adoption loss, access short-term counselling, get information about the adoption process, or connect with other birth parents, PAC-UK can help. If you are a birth parent who is involved in court proceedings and you are worried you may lose your child to adoption, you are entitled to advice and counselling.

PAC-UK runs an independent specialist service called First Family.  This is available to birth parents and birth relatives.  The First Family Service provides confidential conversations, can help you to access support groups, assist with writing letterbox letters, explain the process of adoption, or offer a listening ear.  The Family First Action Line can be reached at 07975 846 249.  You can text them or leave a message requesting a call back.  Alternatively, you can email them at firstfamily@pac-uk.org.

PAC-UK also has a Private Intermediary Service Advice Line.  This can be used by birth relatives who want to connect with adopted adults.  If you would like to discuss your particular situation or get information about the costs, please call on 020 7284 5876 or email intermediaryadvice@pac-uk.org.

Additional support

We have commissioned additional services to help support you during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information can be found on the COVID-19 page and on our news and blog pages.

Webinars, support groups and other online events are available. Click the links above to see what is available and how you can join.

 

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