Special Guardians

Special Guardians often need the same support as adopters, even though parental responsibility may be shared with a local authority. Adopt London have a wealth of connections, local support services and networking groups that Special Guardians can tap into and share experiences with.

Adopt London are providing some support to Special Guardians during the COVID-19 Pandemic who live in, or who have had a child placed with them from any of our 23 London Boroughs.

We have used the COVID-19 emergency funding provided by the Government to commission online therapeutic services, training and support helplines for families with a Special Guardianship Order. Watch our short animated film ‘Closer & Stronger’

 

Information about how you can sign up to this support is detailed below. You can also visit our News and Blog pages for more information about each service.

Special guardians will be able to subscribe to The Adopter Hub, The National Association of Therapeutic Parents and to Kinship Response until the end of December 2020. Support and advice from Adoption Plus and PAC-UK will only be available until the end of September 2020. We highly recommend that you do not delay your self referral and to avoid disappointment suggest you sign up as soon as possible, if:

  • You feel it would make all the difference being able to talk to someone who really understands your situation
  • You need help to make sense of your child’s behaviour so you can help them
  • You would like to meet other people facing the same issues with their child or teenager
  • You would like some fresh ideas about how to help your child while school is closed
  • You feel really tired by all the pressure and you just need someone to talk to, who will not judge you.

If you need to speak to a social worker about your child, please contact your local authority special guardianship services.

 

Kinship Response

Kinship Response is the Grandparents Plus membership service which is now available to all special guardians from any of the Adopt London 23 London local authorities.

This means you can access the specialist kinship care advice service, join a virtual support group that meets regularly via video calls, become a free member of the Kinship Community of over 7,000 incredible kinship carers to receive the latest information and advice, join live regional Facebook advice surgeries and ask questions to help you in your caring role. The service is available now for more information call Kinship Response on 0300 033 9851 Monday-Thursday 10am-2pm.

Watch the animated film from the Grandparents Plus to see how they like to help families. To find out more about the benefits of joining Grandparents Plus please see this Kinship Response Leaflet and sign up to your register for your free membership by the end of December 2020, simply complete this online self-referral form.

The National Association of Therapeutic Parents

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You are invited to join for free is the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP). If you a special guardian looking after children who have suffered trauma, NATP can support you and offers a range of benefits. This short video will help to explain more about the NATP services which include a helpline. To access this offer please email: membership@naotp.com and quote the code ‘Adopt London’ the rest will be done for you!

The Adopter Hub

Adopt London is pleased to announce a new partnership with PACT’s Adopter Hub that you can access at a time convenient to you! It is a web-based service that provides support to families living with a child under a Special Guardianship Order or who have adopted from any of the 23 Adopt London boroughs.

This free membership will give you access to peer support from other special guardians and adopters via live web chat, email and an exclusive forum, E-Learning to top up your knowledge on how to support your child, a programme of webinars and a range of resources on behaviour, online safety, mental health and development needs.

You will automatically receive an email with the ‘Adopt London passcode’ to access this resource from your local authority special guardianship team, so please check your inbox or contact them directly for information on how to access this membership.

The Kinship Hub

Kinship Hub is a new community based service aimed at supporting kinship carers across London. Kinship Hub offers free online weekly webinars to kinship carers and children on a range of topics from managing contact safely, to promoting a positive sense of identity, life story work and building resilience every Monday 5.30-6.30pm. The Kinship Hub program of webinars for 2020 includes:

  • Monday 2 November: Promoting positive contact with birth parents and significant people (adults only)
  • Monday 9 November: Stress management workshop (adults and children both welcome)
  • Monday 16 November: Attachment and Trauma (adults only)
  • Monday 23 November: Black and Dual Heritage hair care – braiding special (adults and children welcome and you are encouraged to practice the techniques during the workshop!)

In normal times Kinship Hub also run the Kinship Carers Cooking Club, a weekly group based in South East London where children and carers can get together and cook a meal from scratch. Although the cooking club is closed at the moment due to the pandemic, we hope to be able to reopen our doors as soon as it is safe to do so. Please Like our Facebook page Kinship Carers Cooking Club to receive alerts on our planned return.

Kinship Carers can self-refer, or can be referred by a social worker or other supporting professional. For more information or to book a place at any one of the webinars please contact Anna-Lou Manca on 07792 320 549 or email info@kinshipcarershub.com

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