We have used the emergency funding to commission online therapeutic services, training and support helplines for our Adopt London families. Information about how you can to sign up to this support is detailed below.
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.
Support for families during COVID-19
COVID-19 support services offers:
- 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.
Watch our short animated film Closer & Stronger.
Most of these services will run for a short period of time and will be delivered only until the end of September 2020. However adopters and Special Guardians will be able to continue to subscribe to The Adopter Hub, the National Association of Therapeutic Parents and to Kinship Response until the end of December 2020. We highly recommend that you do not delay your self referral and to avoid any disappointment suggest you sign up as soon as possible. Please see below or go to the News and Blog pages for more information on each of the available services.
We have also attached here some resources that you might find useful:
The National Association of Therapeutic Parents
You are invited to join for free the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) . If you are an Adopter or a Special Guardian needing support, the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the code ‘Adopt London’ the rest will be done for you.
The Adopter Hub
Adopt London is pleased to announce a new partnership with PACT’s Adopter Hub that you can access at a time convenient to you! It is a web-based service that provides support to families who have adopted a child or are living with a child under a Special Guardianship Order from any of the 23 Adopt London boroughs.
This free membership will give you access to peer support from other adopters via live web chat, email and an exclusive adopter forum, 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. If you are an adopter on our mailing list you will automatically receive an email with the Adopt London passcode to access this resource, so please check your inbox.
If you are not on our mailing list and would like to access The Adopter Hub and receive future information about our services please give your consent to opt into our mailing list by contacting your regional adoption agency, providing your name, email address and explaining your connection with Adopt London.
Adopt London is working 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:
- School’s Out for Summer – Part 1 and School’s Out for Summer – Part 2, with Stephen Hoult-Allen
- Communicating with Children using Life Story Therapeutic Tools, with Richard Rose
- The Sensory Side of Attachment webinar, with Caireen McGlashan, Children’s Occupational Therapist
- 21 tips on survival when living with adopted children webinar, with Sally Donovan
Webinars that are coming up in August include:
Saturday 8th & Saturday 15th August 9.15am-1pm – An opportunity to work in small groups with adoptive dad, social worker and trainer Al Coates MBE. The workshops will cover:
- Chronic loss, the implication for adopters, managing expectations and the challenges faced.
- The impact of chronic loss on adopted children.
- Practical strategies to help manage challenging behaviour.
- Adopter Resilience. Components of resilience, developing strategies and long-term thinking.
Thursday 13th August 8.30-9.45pm – Webinar with Stuart Guest, headteacher, blogger, speaker and trainer for trauma informed schools. “Preparing and managing the return to school for children. What schools and parents can do”
Thursday 20th August 8-9.30pm – Webinar with Tosha Score, Parenting coach, trainer, speaker and parent.”5 strategies for parents when working with aggressive children”
All WAF Talks webinars and meetings are recorded for future access by WAF members, so you never have to miss out. 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.
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 email@example.com to request a call back.
Join the Adopt London Choir
Adopt London is offering adoptive parents and their social workers a unique and free opportunity to be part of the Adopt London Virtual Choir. Well-known singing coaches David and Carrie Grant tell us more about the benefits of singing together. Sessions will 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 COVID-19. See our blog for more information.
Megan Tanner is a vocal coach, an actor, a Musical Director of choirs and a foster carer. Megan is very enthusiastic about being part of this unique project and will be running the choir sessions via the App Zoom.
The first virtual Adopt London Choir will meet every Tuesday for 12 weeks, from 16th June 2020, for one hour at 7:30pm. If you live in one of the 23 Adopt London boroughs you can email Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a place on the waiting list. Please include your name and the borough you are linked to, or the name of your Regional Adoption Agency.
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