Adoption Support

Virtual Adoption Support Groups

Although we are not able to run face to face workshops at present we are able to offer the following Virtual Adoption Support Sessions:

African Adoption Support Group

The African Adoption Support Group is a UK-based support group founded in November 2018 by parents with experience of intercountry adoption from Africa. The group welcomes to its meetings prospective adopters who are considering adopting a child from Africa, those undergoing the adoption process, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees who can share their experience. 

Our next meeting virtual is on Saturday, September 12th from 12pm - 2pm.  The meeting is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, find and give support, and just unwind.  We are growing as a group and look forward to welcoming new attendees on the day. 

If you would like to come along, please confirm your attendance with Jessica Spenceley via email at Jessica.Spenceley@icacentre.org.uk by Thursday, September 10th.  Jessica will then email you the Zoom link that you will need on the day to join us.  We look forward to seeing you then! 

Parenting Support Group

  •  New date coming soon!

Along the parenting journey, having additional support can be invaluable, especially at the moment when we are already navigating so much uncertainty. We invite IAC parents to join us in July to connect with other adopters, share your experiences and to  gain support with the range of issues that you might be experiencing.

If you are interested in joining us please contact Jessica Spenceley, who is our lead on Adoption Support at IAC.  She can be reached at Jessica.Spenceley@icacentre.org.uk for joining details.

Coffee Mornings for Waiting Adopters

Having a sense of community with people who get what you are going through can make all the difference in the adoption process, especially when you are waiting for a child to join your family.  The waiting involved can be tough, and to help make it a bit easier, IAC hosts virtual Coffee Mornings for Waiting Adopters. 

These sessions are aimed at all of our adopters who are in the in-between time of having been approved to adopt and bringing their child home.  These popular sessions are relaxed spaces where you can reconnect with other people in the same situation.

Perhaps you want to talk and vent; maybe you want to share your fears; perhaps you would like more information on specific issues like bonding or feeding. . . all of these topics and more are welcome in the group.

Coffee Mornings are hosted by Jessica and she will be supported by a member of the Post Approval Team.

We currently have the following days and times scheduled for our Coffee Mornings, and we would love to meet you online on:

  • September 15th from 10am – 11:30am
  • October 13th from 10am – 11:30am
  • November 17th from 10am – 11:30am
  • December 15th from 10am – 11:30am

If you are able to make it, please RSVP to adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk and details for the Zoom meeting will be sent.

Life Story Work

You may also find that a Life Story Work Consultation is helpful as you navigate this area during your increased family time.  Jessica is available to help you think about how you might like to build on the foundation you have already created, be it through introducing additional books, constructing themes around play, providing examples around how to phrase certain topics, and suggesting how you might answer some of the tougher questions that may leave you feeling stuck. She can be reached at Jessica.Spenceley@icacentre.org.uk for more details and booking.

All parents need support from time to time and we offer it for life.  Adoption is for life. So is our support.