We Are Family

Adopt London and partners We Are Family have extended the popular WAFTALKS webinar programme, to continue to bring insightful, engaging and relevant events for Adopt London families.

Each month – on this page – we’ll list the upcoming webinars hosted by adoption experts, individuals and organisations offering support and advice for your family. Even if you miss a webinar, don’t worry, as a signed up We Are Family member, you can view the WAFTalks past webinars at a date and time that is convenient for you.

We Are Family Membership

You will need to be an Adopt London family who have already adopted, have a child placed with you or be a prospective adopter in Stage Two of your assessment to receive FREE membership. Once you have your membership, you can log into the We Are Family Member Hub to select webinars and other resources of your choice. You’ll have access to local communities of adoptive families so you can build your knowledge and network of friends for support and much more. To become a We Are Family member, please sign up here. If you are already a member, to attend any of the webinars just sign into the Member Hub to book your place.

What’s on for July 2021?

Thursday 8 July, 8-9.30pm – What about music therapy? with Crystal Luk

child playing piano as part of music therapy with WAFTalks

Music Therapist Crystal Luk specialises in working with children who have emotional behavioural challenges resulting from trauma and anxiety. Crystal’s practice – Clap and Toot (located between Clapham and Tooting) – works with adopted children and their families. This webinar will explore music therapy in more detail and help you discover if it is right for your child.

This webinar will cover;

  • What is music therapy, and why does it work well with adopted children and their families?
  • Therapy readiness (when is a good time to refer a child to music therapy and how to prepare them for their sessions?) 
  • How does music therapy prepare children to engage with other types of therapy later in life
  • A brief introduction to trauma-based therapy: CATT and EMDR 
  • Music and mindfulness exercise with parents and playlist making 
  • Q&A

Crystal is a Neurologic Music Therapist and a classically trained pianist. She completed her BMus at King’s College London in 2015 and MA in Music Therapy at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2019. Crystal adopts a combined approach of neuroscience and psychodynamic theories in her sessions as clinically required. Her clinical areas include working with families affected by life-limiting conditions, children with emotional behavioural challenges and clients with neuro-disabilities.

Crystal is also trained in using Makaton to support families who wish to incorporate signs and symbols in their everyday life using appropriate songs and musical activities. She also provides private music tuition to clients with special needs and organises fundraising concerts for her local community regularly.

Thursday 20 July, 8pm – The Teenage Brain – with Adele Bates

Adele Bates is a behaviour and education specialist, international keynote speaker and author. Adele will be looking at the wonder of teenagers: Why do they do what they do? Why are gangs so prevalent? Why can communication break down with adults? Why do they struggle to get out of bed? How do we keep them safe? Inform them about healthy relationships? Prevent phone addictions? Support their mental health? And of course, why is life SO unfair?!

In this webinar Adele specifically looks at the teenage brain and its effects. She considers how attachment-disorders and trauma can have an impact on teenagers and provides support to parents with practical strategies on communicating with their teenagers.

WAFTalks Webinars

Since the COVID19 pandemic We Are Family have hosted a number of evening online webinars with adoption experts; adopters, adoptees, therapists and professionals, tackling and discussing a range of subjects. These include education, trans-racial adoption, the impact of past trauma, contact and much more. Members are welcome to take part through the Q&A, or just listen in, but many agree how valuable the sessions are and the benefits they feel just being part of this safe and supportive adoption community. Here’s what some of our families say,

‘Really good … excellent speakers and of all the training/reading we’ve done, I still find their advice some of the most helpful.’

GBB Therapeutic parenting speakers event – 12 January 2020

‘Stop giving myself such a hard time … there was a lot of value hearing that other families have survived some of the difficulties we are facing.’

Managing difficult sibling relationships event – 9 February 2020

‘I am a single adopter who has never been able to attend one of these sessions in person and really hope you will continue with the Zoom platform moving forward.’

Adoption Support available with Adopt London South – 9 March 2020

Stronger Together

We Are Family is the ideal partner to host the WAFTalks webinars, as they understand adoption. We Are Family started out as a ‘stay and play’ group with a difference, and is a peer to peer supportive community run by adopters for adopters. They are there for parents throughout their adoption journey giving members a chance for parents to bond and be welcomed by other adoptive parents. Their online sessions and face-to-face events give members the opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other.