Adopt London South Support

At Adopt London South we understand that adopted children have often had a difficult start in life and can struggle with relationships, making sense of their past and making attachments to their family and routines.

Contact us for support

Adopting a child is rewarding and life-changing, there may be a few bumps in the road but support is available. At Adopt London South, our Post Adoption Support Team will respond to all referrals within 7 days and signpost you to the most appropriate form of support. You can email us at postadoptionsupportALS@southwark.gov.uk  

If however your circumstances become more difficult please call our helpline and request a consultation with one of our experienced social workers on 020 7525 4491 / 020 7525 1335 / 020 7525 5949. We are currently operating an answering machine which is reviewed twice daily at 9am and 2pm.

Support from Adopt London South

If you wish to contact the Post Adoption Support Service for additional support services for your family we assess your family’s needs and will refer you for one of the following services:

  • Virtual outreach clinics by appointment only
  • The Adopt London South Advice & Consultation Service
  • PAC-UK Advice Line on 020 7284 5879 (open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Wednesday and Thursday 2.00pm to 7.30pm) or via email: advice@pac-uk.org
  • Themed Workshops & Training including the Great Behaviour Breakdown (GBB), Non-violence Resistance (NVR), Saturday Workshops and Adopter led workshops such as Attachment Sense, Sensory and Life Story work
  • One-off consultation with a psychotherapist by referral
  • The Adopt London South Transracial Support Group for adopters with children, prospective adopters without children and adult adoptees.
  • Signposting (and referral where necessary) to other appropriate services and or support groups.

Our Post Adoption Support Team endeavours to provide an initial response to your query needs within five days at point of receipt. However if your circumstances become more difficult please call our helpline and request a telephone consultation with one of our experienced social workers.  They will contact you back to arrange a time for the consultation.

Please be advised that we prioritise existing Adoption Support Funding (ASF) applications for further funding to minimise disruption to current therapies where this is appropriate and continues to meet your family’s needs.

Workshop for Adopters - The Benefits of Talking About Adoption

Tuesday 21 October 2021, 1 pm – 2 pm 

All adopted children have to navigate belonging to at least two separate families.  By creating conversations for children and young people, we offer a space to allow them to understand their past and to look forward to their future.

This one-hour workshop is for any adoptive parent who wishes to explore:

  • the positives of holding open conversations with your children
  • worries around difficult birth histories
  • ways to start conversations
  • available resources

Please email Leanne.white@southwark.gov.uk by 5 pm on Monday 18 October 2021 and we will share the Zoom login details with you.

Workshop for Adopters - An introduction to Theraplay

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 12.30 pm – 1.45 pm 

“Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun.” The Theraplay Institute.

This interactive workshop will provide parents with:

  • an introduction to Theraplay,
  • a reminder of the importance of play to strengthen relationships,
  • a demonstration of some Theraplay activities, and
  • the opportunity to join in and have a go yourself!

Please email Anita.Townsend@southwark.gov.uk by 5 pm on Thursday 26 November 2021 and we will share the Zoom login details with you. This course is limited to a maximum of 25 participants.

Join The Adoptables

The Adoptables is a social group for adopted young people that provides those between the age of 8 and 18 a platform to talk about their unique life, school, their adoption experiences and develop relationships with other adopted young people.

The young people are also encouraged to share their views on adoption-related topics, to help shape our adoption practices and influence the development of ALS service. Take a look at the Adoptables logo that one of the adopted young person created, and an acrostic that the under 12s group created.

A – AMAZING, Awesome
D – Depressing, Dramatic, Demanding
O – Optional, Ordinary
P – Parents, Petrifying.
T – Terrifying, Terrific, Therapy, Terrible
A – Adorable, Annoying, Adoption
B – Brave, Behaviour, Brilliant
L – Lovable, Lovely,
E – Extraordinary, Exciting,
S – Super, Supportive, Superb, Special, Social Workers

Get Involved – If you are an adopted young person and would like to be involved meet with other young people like you please contact: postadoptionsupportALS@southwark.gov.uk

Support during the Pandemic

We have identified a number of membership services that may interest some families during the pandemic.

WAF Talks deliver 2-3 webinar events a month during COVID-19 and beyond, to provide specific information relevant to parents at this difficult time. 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. All events are designed and run by adopters, on a voluntary basis. Rather than offering advice, they offer community.  To access WAF Talks sign up for a free WAF membership visit their website.

NATP Logo

The National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) offers a range of support group services, peer support online, a members hotline for 1-2-1 consultation, listening circles,  plus training and advice to families. This short video will help to explain more about the NATP services. Please call on 01453 519000 to discuss membership and its benefits.

Comments, Complaints and Compliments

If you wish to make a complaint, provide a compliment or comment about the Adopt London South Post Adoption Support Team please email the team manager, audrey.bouazizi@southwark.gov.uk.  If you wish to make a complaint about your child’s Local Authority please refer to that Local Authority’s complaints service.

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