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.

Coming together to share experiences

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. 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 webinars for January 2022

Child to Parent Abuse

Thursday 13th January 2022 at 8pm with Jane Griffiths of CAPA First Response

Do you tread on eggshells? Are you afraid of your child? Do you change how you parent for fear of what may happen? You are not alone…

CAPA works with the whole family to address this behaviour. We know some children are impacted by life experiences and trauma- using violence or abuse can help them feel safe and in control. Join Jane Griffiths, founder of CAPA First Response to look at why children may behave this way, the impact on the whole family, and strategies to help rebuild healthy and trustful relationships.

 

How to care for yourself when there is no time to care

Thursday 27th January at 8pm with Marine Bernier of ‘Starting With Me’, a certified life coach and parent of a neuro-diverse child

Join Marine Bernier, a certified life coach and parent of a neuro-diverse child to explore the power of self-care and to create your own self-care toolkit. The focus of the webinar will be particularly on parents and carers with children ‘wired differently’ (neuro-diverse).

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.

‘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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