At present we are running Parent Support Groups is across London: north, south, east and west. And from January 2016 also in North East.
We run the Prospectives Group and Single Adopters’ Group at relative central London locations.
The sessions are strictly for adoptive parents, and provide a safe and confidential environment in which to reflect on adoptive parenthood with likeminded people. We offer support, but not advice.
At present the drop in sessions are free, though we ask that you let us know if you intend to come so we can keep tab of numbers.
There are plans to start further parent support groups elsewhere in London. We will keep you posted! Meanwhile do get in touch if you are interested in attending a parent support group.
In our session we adhere to a set of ground rules; these is a available here as a PDF:
WAF Parent Support code of conduct [v1_1].
What our members say:
‘I need to come. I need my space to talk!’
“The group is so inclusive. I love how everybody ‘gets it’ !’
‘Sharing really helps me through the rest of the week.’
‘Having no real idea of what to expect but driven by the fact I knew I would be amongst people who had shared a similar experience I was met on arrival with warmth (in the form of hot cup of tea, biscuits and smiles) deep understanding and as the evening progressed a strong sense of community that this group was really important to us as people, people who had undertaken a major shift in our lives. To know that you are not alone on this journey and to know that there are people who just ‘get it’ gives both myself and my partner a huge source of strength and support.’
‘I have found the parent support group to be an extremely supportive, encouraging and ultimately rewarding forum to be involved in. The knowledge and support offered by people in the same situation as us has been invaluable & I am so glad to have discovered it. I have told other adoptive mums about it and can honestly say it is one of the most helpful and supportive resources I have encountered in the whole roller coaster ride of adoption.’