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We Are Family

We Are Family is a peer to peer support community by adopters, for adopters. They support families throughout their adoption journey. Online and in person, parents’ groups, events, resources and talks offer mutual support, information and inspiration to adopters and those considering adoption.

 

Support for adoptive families

We Are Family believe that by coming together, sharing experience and understanding, adopters can help each other to thrive. Founded and led by adoptive parents, We Are Family reflects and responds to its members, helping them navigate the challenges and joys that adoption brings.

We Are Family partner with Adopt London to provide WAF Talks, the successful webinar programme for adoptive parents. Specialist webinars run for We Are Family members throughout the year and can be watched back at any time after the event through the Members Hub. Please see the list of past WAFTalks

Membership is free and open to families from Stage One of the UK adoption process and anyone who has had a child placed or adopted (check to see which level of membership you are eligible for). To join WAF Talks live or watch any of the talks on demand, as well as to access support groups and resources please join here. If you are already a member and want to register for a talk login here.

Evening events for May 2022

FASD Awareness: Recent changes and how it may affect your family with Tracy Allen, founder, and CEO Andrew Keeping, FASD Awareness

Thursday 12 May at 8pm

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness has seen some major changes over the past six months. Tracy and Andrew will be updating We Are Family members on the new legislation and changes around FASD.  They will share a presentation which includes lived experiences and case studies. They will also talk about how things have moved ahead with the new FASD NICE Guidance, and what impact that will have on gaining a diagnosis and management plans for FASD.

 

NVR Workshop with Megan Tanner (Think NVR)

Thursday 26th May at 8pm

Megan is hosting a workshop for parents who want to understand more about how to use NVR strategies at home with their families, and to build on their toolkit of strategies. We Are Family members will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion and ask questions.

Upcoming WAF Talks include:

When to talk about adoption with your children

Innovation in Life Story Work

WAF Talks Webinars

Since the COVID19 pandemic We Are Family have hosted a number of evening online sessions 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 community.

‘Strengthened and renewed my belief in myself and my capacity to know and support my son and belief in my son.’ WAF Talks: SEND VCB with Yvonne Newbold

‘Just great to find out about the team and how they support/understand.’ WAF Talks: Adopt London East, North, South and West – March 2022

‘One of the best. So clear and down to earth.’ ‘Very informative and helpful, thank you.’ WAF Talks Webinar: Child to Parent Abuse with Capa First Response – 17th January 2022

‘I feel much better prepared for the transition and what to expect from the school.’ WAF Talks Webinar: How to choose a secondary school, and help them understand your child’s needs with Jane Pickerden and Gabrielle Pelter – 9 September 2021

‘Very much welcomed, and informative for ALL caregivers of teens!’ WAF Talks Webinar: Teenagers and behaviour – how we can support them to thrive with Adele Bates, Behaviour and Education specialist – 20 July 2021

‘There is a lot more to music therapy than music!’ WAF Talks Webinar: What about music therapy? With Crystal Luk, Music Therapist – 8 July 2021

‘…how precious it is to be able to listen to adoptees and birth parents and other adopters.’ WAF Talks Webinar: Contact and Identity Workshop with Julie Young, Centre for Research on Children and Families – 20 May 2021

‘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

‘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

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