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Which School Help – Easy as A B Let’s See!

Parenting comes with no guidebooks, often advice but who knows which bits work for who; in the end, the buck stops at your door and you make decisions on your own experiences and for your child’s personality and benefit. But with schools – where do you start? For many, it starts with toddlers at nursery age.  There are a ton of…

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Children’s Anxiety at Christmas

Please stay safe and follow Government guidelines for Christmas 2020. What to do when the festive season is a challenging time for your children? The Christmas season is so exciting for many children, even with the unusual Christmas we can expect for 2020. For some children, where trauma has affected their early life experiences, it can be a particularly challenging…

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Merry Christmas Everyone

The Adopt London Choir are pleased to share our first ever Christmas song with you. The instantly recognisable classic, made famous by Shakin’ Stevens in 1985, has been revamped by our choirmaster Megan and is guaranteed to have you clapping, dancing and singing along with us. How it started The Adopt London Choir began in response…

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Some People – A Young Person’s View

An adopted young person has written an extraordinary poem about their early life experiences. They wanted to share this emotional insight.   Some people Some people know what it’s like to be called a mistake in front of their friends to be short on food to be short on water…

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Being Adopted – A Child’s Perspective

We’ve been reading a fantastic book called Being Adopted – A Child’s Perspective. The book is for adopted children aged six years old and upwards, and written by London born Abi Dowinton, who is now 10 years old. Abi talks about her own special story, which will resonate with other adopted children. Your child may be wondering if there are…

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Journey Through Adoption Conference

*This event has now taken place.* Adopt London offered a limited number of free tickets for the online interactive conference ‘Journey through adoption’ hosted by Scott Casson-Rennie and Al Coates, which took place on Friday 20 November 2020, from 9.15am – 3.30pm. Scott Casson-Rennie is an adoptive parent to three sons, two of which are now adults. Scott worked…

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Celebrating Adopt London’s Diverse Community

Adopt London is a partnership of four regional adoption agencies providing adoption services for 23 diverse London Local Authorities. We work closely with children’s social workers to find the right family for every child. Our specialist family finders are looking for new loving families every day for our London children. Did you know our adopters are…

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BLM – meeting adopters and sharing ideas

Hi I’m Henrietta, Project Lead for Adopt London, Black Lives Matter. I qualified as a social worker with a master’s degree in 2000. I have worked within the public sector and as a senior manager for over 18 years. I also worked as a Service Manager within Adoption and I am passionate about improving service user experience. My husband and…

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Adopt London Choir – support families and staff can lean on

Spaces available for new choir members. The Adopt London Choir is a wonderful new initiative to support adoptive families and adoption workers, as we celebrate National Adoption Week. It provides so many benefits from a positive effect on mental health to meeting other like-minded individuals, and just experiencing that feel good factor. Watch the Adopt London Choir in action and…

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Happy Birthday – We are 1

Today – 1 October – is the official 1st birthday of Adopt London, celebrating the coming together of 23 London local authority adoption teams as one. We are stronger together as we recruit adopters and support adoptive families across the London area. We are four Regional Adoption Agencies (RAA) – covering the north, east, south and west of our…

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I always knew I wanted to adopt

Like many Londoners, Paul* migrated from his hometown in the north to work and build a new life for himself. With a fantastic career and social life, Paul tells us how he – a black, single LGBT man – made his dream to be a father a reality. ‘I always knew I wanted to adopt a child, right from when…

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You Can Adopt – it’s rewarding like nothing else!

The #YOUCANADOPT campaign has been created by a cross sector of Regional Adoption Agencies, Voluntary Adoption Agencies and other key stakeholders around adoption in England, supported by the Department for Education. The campaign aims to change perceptions around adoption by breaking down common myths and ensuring people feel eligible and capable to adopt. Additionally, the campaign aims to target potential…

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We have a little boy who we are incredibly proud of

Steven and Jason* had always wanted to adopt, living in a one bedroom flat, they knew things needed to change – and after one adoption information evening they were hooked and almost overnight, their flat was up for sale and they started looking at three-bedroom family houses! Between them, Steven and Jason tell their story. “We were really motivated to start the…

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Closer and Stronger

Adopt London, has teamed up with award winning film animation company My Pockets to encourage special guardianship families and adopters to access support from some of the leading agencies in the UK, during the COVID-19 pandemic . My Pockets have worked for a number of years with young people and families in all kinds of situations making films…

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A letter to Adopt London families

We are writing to you- adoptive families, prospective adopters and adopted adults, because we want to find a way to acknowledge the massive significance of the death of George Floyd in our society, and the heartache and anger caused. We are sure that this and the protests which have resulted have been forefront in most of our minds over the…

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At Grandparents Plus, we’re the leading kinship care charity and we’re here for you.

At Kinship we are working hard during the health crisis to support families who have specific concerns and needs. We are pleased to work with Grandparents Plus – the kinship care charity, to support your kinship family through the pandemic and its aftermath. Kinship Response is the Grandparents Plus membership service for all special guardians in your local authority during…

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The Big Wind by NATP

Here is a really insightful and realistic message to parents who are living through the COVID19 restrictions and isolation period with their adopted or special guardianship children. It gives us all permission to acknowledge our own vulnerability during these very unusual times. This message is written by The National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP). Adopt London and NATP are…

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Mum Beverley in COVID-19 lock down

In this blog we hear from a single mother Beverley*, in ‘lock down’ with her 4 year old, trying not to go stir crazy, trying to keep her daughter off of the iPad and away from the TV for hours on end, realistic that teaching isn’t for the majority! Hoping that some work might come in to keep her…

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Coronavirus, a book for children from Nosy Crow

With the current Government guidelines to stay at home, it can be tricky to explain this to some adopted children – who may already be anxious and confused by the new rules and routine. So we’ve picked up a new information book especially for children aged 5 – 9 years old, from publishers Nosy Crow. Written by staff within…

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A mother’s story

‘She’s not my real mum, you know’   It was said so casually – a matter-of-fact statement that temporarily stopped the room. It was just me and my youngest daughter visiting my mum; the eldest and her dad having stayed in London. This was our first visit to nanny’s without them – I’d made the most of enjoying…

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