Covid-19 has affected everyone in different ways so here at Adopt London we’ve some support services you might find useful in these unsettling times, for you and your children. They include online therapeutic services, counselling, training and support helplines.
This support is available adopters and special guardians from any of our 23 London 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:
- Online training and webinar services to support parenting.
- Membership and subscription services for parents.
- Helpline-type support or provision.
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Until the end of December 2020 we are offering membership services to The Adopter Hub, The National Association of Therapeutic Parents and Kinship Response. These are free to Special Guardians and Adopters who live in, or who are raising a children from any of our 23 boroughs.
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: email@example.com 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:
- 5 strategies for parents of children who have difficulty managing their aggression with Tosha Schore
- Preparing and managing the return to school for children. What schools and parents can do, with Stuart Guest
- Practical support for families that live with Childhood Challenging Violent and Aggressive Behaviour with Al Coates MBE
- Boosting Personal Resilience with Simon Pimenta
- Communicating with Children using Life Story Therapeutic Tools with Richard Rose
- Attachment Sense: The Sensory Side of Attachment with Caireen McGlashan, Children’s Occupational Therapist (OT)
- The role of virtual heads with previously looked after children with Virtual School Heads
- Therapeutic Parenting: 17 Tips for Survival and Thrive-al with Sally Donovan, Author, Speaker and Therapeutic Parenting advocate
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.
Adoptionplus and PAC-UK
We are working with PAC–UK to provide support to families during COVID-19. This service is available 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. We are aware that many families are facing challenging times as children transition back into education and possibly into a new school. PAC-UK services are here to help with advice and support for you in these difficult times.
Their helpline, support and counselling services are free until 26 September 2020 but may have limited availability. They 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). Or you can also register online at PAC-UK website or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a call back.
It is with regret that the services commissioned with Adoption Plus are now at full capacity and therefore this service is no longer available.
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 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 the vocal coach, but also 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. It is also made accessible via a private Facebook group if you miss a session.
The virtual Adopt London Choir meet every Tuesday for one hour at 7:30pm and work on around 3 songs every six weeks. If you an 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, or to join 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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