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:

Education Support Group

Our Education Support Group takes place in October, and it will be led by Jessica Spenceley, IAC’s lead on Adoption Support, and Marie Strydom, our Assessment and UK Team Manager. This will be a space where you may come together to share what you have been going through, particularly around how the pandemic has impacted your children and their experiences of education. For so many children, the pandemic has triggered feelings of anxiety and fear, and it has been difficult for them to make the transition back to school. For children who have experienced trauma, these challenges are even more complex. These issues, and more, are welcome in the group space.  New Dates will be released soon.

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 28th November 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. 

The group’s last session was very well attended, and the feedback from parents was really positive. Parents shared how being together in community helped them to get the advice and guidance they need and that overall, they felt more supported on their adoption journey. While the group is hosted by IAC, it is very much a space for parents and prospective parents of children adopted from Africa to come together, chat, ask questions, share, and support one another.

If you would like to attend, please confirm your attendance via email at 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 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 for joining details.

Virtual Coffee Mornings for Waiting Adopters

Having a sense of community with people who understand 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 is tough, and given the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have a lot of worries and anxieties, especially around how this may impact your adoption. You aren’t alone, and many prospective parents are feeling exactly the same way. The virtual space of the Coffee Mornings may give you an opportunity to connect, share, and hopefully feel more supported by people going through a similar experience.

Coffee Mornings are hosted by Jessica Spenceley, our lead on Adoption Support, as well as a member of the Post-Approval Team, and together, they will be able to provide support around the questions and uncertainties you may have. We warmly welcome you to our upcoming Coffee Mornings, which are scheduled to take place from 10am to 11.30am on:

  • 11 February
  • 11 March
  • 15 April
  • 13 May
  • 3 June
  • 15 July
  • 9 September
  • 14 October
  • 11 November
  • 9 December

If you are able to make it, please RSVP to with your preferred date and details for the Zoom meeting will be sent.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming sessions!

UK Special Programme: Friends and Family Session

Date: 5 November 2020
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Facilitators: Marie Strydom and Jessica Spenceley

This is a special session for the support network of our UK Special Programme families. The workshop will provide the space for friends and family members of our prospective adopters to gain a better understanding of the UK domestic adoption journey and to learn how to best support their loved ones along the way. Please note that this workshop is only for our UK Special Programme families. Spaces are limited, so do get in touch soon if your friends and family would like to attend. For more information, please contact

Creating Life Story Books

Date: 19 November 2020
Time: 9:30am – 1pm
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

This is always a popular workshop, and one that is really enjoyable to host. During the workshop, we will be covering some of the key pieces involved in the process of making a life story book, like the framework you might like to use; how to phrase some of the more sensitive parts of your child’s story; and how to use the book itself. At the end, you’ll have additional tools to create a book that affirms who your child is, while giving them language and context around how they came to be adopted.
Currently, this workshop is fully booked, but if you would like to be put on a waiting list, in case a place becomes available, please email:

Adoption and Schools in the Time of COVID-19

Date: 21 January 2021
Time: 9:30am – 1pm
Facilitators: Jan Way and Jessica Spenceley

During this session, Jan and Jessica will engage with you in conversation around the impact of adoption in the school environment, focusing mainly upon the primary school years. The workshop will focus upon increasing awareness around the impact of your child’s past experiences; exploring some of the adoption-related issues that may be present in the classroom; speaking about the additional layer of the pandemic and its meaning; and learning strategies to help support your child at school. This workshop will also be a space for you to connect with other parents facing similar experiences, and to gain additional tools for your parenting toolkit.

If you would like to attend, please contact:

Consultation Service

Our Consultation Service provides you with the opportunity to explore a range of issues you may be experiencing, like those around life story work, loss and grief, identity, family relationships, handling emotions, and managing the impact of the pandemic. The service has been thriving, and families have expressed how useful these sessions have been, especially around the area of life story work. Consultation sessions are relaxed, yet informative, and they generally last about an hour. Importantly, they are also free for our families.

If you would like to gain more information about our consultations or to book a session, please contact Jessica at

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