Free Adoption Support Memberships available to Adopt London families
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 sessions at a later date, when it’s 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.
What’s on this month?
Thursday 10 June, 8-9.30pm – Adoption and contact from the birth mum’s perspective; Angela’s story
This is an exceptional opportunity to hear about experiences of contact from the perspective of a birth parent, what arrangements she had in place at the beginning of her journey of loss and what contact she has now.
Angela Frazer-Wicks is a birth mum, her eldest two children were adopted after a very long and fraught battle with her local authority due to domestic violence and mental health issues. She is now married with a young daughter who has had no local authority involvement. She was recently reunited with her eldest son, who is now in his early twenties.
Angela will share her story with We Are Family members in this WAFTalks event, talking about her experience and Contact, and she is happy to take questions from members.
Angela is a Trustee of the Family Rights Group and founding member of their parent’s panel, alongside other experts with direct lived experience of the child welfare and family justice system. She regularly speaks about her experiences in an attempt to highlight issues facing families in the hope of facilitating positive change. She has campaigned for many years to have the voices of families heard within the system. Join us, as we welcome Angela to WAFTalks.
Thursday 24 June, 8pm – Mindfulness
Well-being is important for parents and children, so WAFTalks have invited Mellow Moments founder Sheila Moses for a mindfulness webinar.
Sheila will share tips and advice on how parents can support themselves and their children and introduce some positive strategies to reduce anxiety and stress. This includes how to regulate emotions and practice techniques to deal with adverse situations. Sheila also promotes meditation to empower adults and children to experience relaxation.
Shelia’s background is in psychology, working with parents for many years running family support groups, facilitating parent workshops and leading early years provisions (amongst them Home Start and Sure Start Children’s Centres). In recent years, Sheila trained as a well-being coach offering NLP to help those she works with to prepare for and make change.
Around the same time, 11 years ago Sheila created her own business – Mellow Moments – offering holistic treatments and running popular workshops on various well-being subjects such as mindfulness, resilience, motivation and adapting to change.
Sign up to this webinar to find out more.
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
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.