COVID-19

Adopt London is currently following Government advice to support the containment of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are still open for business and welcome you to get in touch in the usual way.  We will reply to all enquiries about adoption though some aspects of our service may be subject to a slight delay.

For more details about the funding support available during COVID-19, please see the information below. Adoption UK also provide more information about this fund including an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section.

Our adoption information meetings for potential adopters are now all online.  Please visit our Events page for sessions available, with additional dates to follow.

Support for families during COVID-19

You may have heard about the emergency COVID-19 fund, these services are available for any Adopter or Special Guardian who lives in any of the following boroughs or have a child who has been placed with you from these boroughs Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Havering, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth. Additional services will offer:

  • Therapeutic services such as couples or individual adult counselling for adopters and special guardians.
  • Online training and webinar services to support parenting.
  • Membership and subscription services for parents.
  • Helpline-type support or provision.

Adopt London is working hard to make these arrangements with Voluntary Adoption Agencies and special guardianship support providers so they can start as soon as possible. You will be able to refer yourself once they are available. These services will run for a short period of time until the end of September 2020 and will be publicised here (scroll down) as soon as they are open. In the meantime, if you need:

National Association of Therapeutic Parents

You are invited to join the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP)  for free. If you are an Adopter or a Special Guardian needing support, NATP offers a range of services that can help. This short video will help to explain more about the NATP.  Memberships have been paid for by Adopt London for Adoptive families and Special Guardians.  To access simply email: membership@naotp.com and quote the code ‘Adopt London’ the rest will be done for you!

 

Adoptionplus and PAC-UK

Adoptionplus and PAC-UK are working in close partnership to provide therapeutic support to families struggling with the multiple challenges linked to the pandemic. This service is available now to special guardians and adoptive families living in any of the Adopt London 23 boroughs regardless of who placed the child and how long ago, or any family with a child from Adopt London. Following the initial call, families will be offered follow-up support packages from PAC-UK and / or therapeutic support from Adoptionplus therapists, who will provide a range of services including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Parent Consultations, specialist support for teenagers, attachment-informed sensory regulation support, and couple counselling. Services will be available until 26 September 2020 and can be accessed by calling the Adopt London Helpline delivered by PAC-UK on 020 7284 5874 (open Monday to Saturday 7.00pm to 9.00pm) or the PAC-UK regular 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). You can also register online at PAC-UK website or email them at adoptlondon@pac-uk.org to request a call back.

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