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Five Black British women talk to Black Ballad

Black Ballad, a UK based lifestyle initiative for Black women is hosting a podcast featuring five Black British women – all talking about adoption – each from their own perspective. Part of the Black Ballad Presents: The Survival Guide podcast series, host and Head of Black Ballad (BB) editor Jendella Benson talks with four adoptive mums;…

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Greenwich Adoption Services join Adopt London South

Adopt London South, hosted by Southwark Council, delivers adoption services for the London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth, and is now joined by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as of Friday 1 April 2022. Adopt London South brings all of South London’s adoption experts together to provide a range of services for everyone affected…

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An interview with Tor Docherty Chief Executive at New Family Social

Adopt London spoke with Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of New Family Social, on the eve of LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week, to talk about why more LGBTQ+ people need to rule themselves in, not out, as potential adopters. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family? I have always worked in the voluntary and charity sector in…

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Inspirational Birth Mum Poem

One birth Mum talks openly about the many ways that Family Rights Group has helped her, and others like her by encouraging and supporting them to find ways to tell their stories, and to use their voices to raise awareness. Angela Frazer Wicks has a ten-year-old daughter who has no local authority involvement whatsoever and shortly before Christmas 2020…

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Our Children – Writing the Poem

Adopt London have asked me how I wrote the poem for the animation ‘Our Children’.  I’m never quite sure where my poems come from when I write them. Sometimes I sit down and they just fall out and other times it takes ages. I think this one came from all the young people in care that I have worked with…

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Hello and welcome to the Adoption Shared podcast…

‘Adoption Shared’ is a series of podcasts for the adoption community. The podcasts share personal stories of adopters, as well as advice and guidance from adoption professionals. Produced by We Are Family (WAF) in partnership with Adopt London, the podcasts offer a convenient way for adopters, WAF members and the general public to listen on demand, when it’s convenient. In…

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New Membership Offer from WAF

We Are Family (WAF) membership is now open to those at Stage One and beyond. WAF membership is FREE and membership is open to anyone who is going through or has been through the UK adoption process, or has adopted outside the UK and is now resident in the UK, or was previously resident in the UK and a validated…

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The Adoption and Fostering Podcast – Annual Conference 2021

Supporting the development of children’s identity through childhood and into adulthood – Friday 26 November 2021, from 9.30am – 2.30pm Scott Casson-Rennie and Al Coates MBE are back for their online Annual Conference, and Adopt London is pleased to offer 50 FREE tickets to Adopt London families. You can attend if you have children placed with you, are approved adopters, or are…

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Poem by birth mother Margaret Yates.

This is a poem written by Margaret Yates who is a Birth Mother from South London who was reunited with her adopted son, David, in December 2017, after 47 years. You can read Margaret’s 1971 adoption story here. Adoption is a lifelong experience. Our Child, Our Child whom we held within us, close to our heart, for…

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Social Worker receives the New Family Social ‘2021 Making a Difference Social Worker’ Award.

UK’s LGBT+ adopters and foster carers nominate Tesni Toulliou from Adopt London South for the ‘2021 Making a Difference Social Worker Award’. Following public nominations and a judging panel New Family Social, the UK’s charity for LGBT+ adopters and foster carers received some 130 nominations and testimonials for agencies and social workers, from LGBT+ people at different stages of the…

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Nature and our mental health

The mental health of all of us has been in the spotlight during the last year. Whether impacted by concerns for our family, friends or ourselves, the effect on children has been immense. With all the interruptions to education and their social lives, it’s been a worry for many adoptive parents, who may have struggled to help children manage their…

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Adopt London Choir Success & New Song!

The Adopt London Choir have come together again to support the wellbeing of adoptive families and staff in this brand new video with their latest song Colour My World . A virtual choir is a fantastic way to bring joy, and to support each other, and this song especially is full of colour and happiness.  It really has the feel…

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Help! I’m adopting a child

Patricia Dopemu’s story will help you understand the importance of adoption and the blessings that come from providing a loving home to a child. The day we finally brought our son home, made what seemed to be a never-ending adoption process worth every step of the way. Looking back, we realised that every aspect of the process is necessary and…

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Adopt London Choir members meet with MP and reveal secrets

Some of the Adopt London Choir members met with Vicky Ford (conservative MP for Chelmsford and Parliamentary Undersecretary for the Department of Education), on Zoom on Thursday 10 December. They talked about how fun and uplifting the experience of being involved with the choir has been and also revealed some very interesting secrets about…

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Lockdown – Life as a new adoptive parent

During our COVID 19 adoption experience, we often referenced the simile “we are treading water”. We had been advised that the trick to surviving transition, placement, the new routines is to ‘keep going’ and we must admit, it is true, you must persist in ‘treading water’.  There are the overwhelming moments when a wave of decisions consumes you, or a…

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FREE – 12 months support for Special Guardians

Kinship Response available for FREE until 31 Dec 2020. We know that Covid-19 has been really tough for Special Guardians. Since the lockdown began, Grandparents Plus the leading kinship care charity is offering ‘Kinship Response’. It is there for all Special Guardians, not just Grandparents. By registering FREE for the 12-month support package, special guardians can get special…

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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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WAF Talks webinars provide helpful support and advice

We Are Family (WAF) is an independent adoption support community that operates in and around London. Membership is free and open to adopters and approved prospective adopters. You can join here. They run peer-to-peer (i.e. parent-to-parent) events such as parent support groups, playgroups, family meet-ups, parties and socials. They also provide many opportunities to connect online, such…

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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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