Adoption Support

Virtual Adoption Support Groups & Workshops

Healthy Partnership, Healthy Family Workshop

Date:  Thursday 20th January 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

Creating a family through adoption is a wonderful experience and through a child joining your family, new relationships are made and new dreams are formed.  Alongside this, having a child naturally puts stress on the relationship you share with your partner.  Through attending this workshop, you will learn techniques to maintain the quality of your relationship and further equip yourself for parenthood.  The workshop will focus upon:

  • Supporting the foundation of your partnership
  • Strengthening your friendship
  • Managing conflict
  • Creating share meaning within your family

We welcome all our couples to this workshop, especially couples who are approved and waiting for a match. 

To reserve a place, please email: adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk 

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Talking to Your Child about Adoption

Date:  Thursday 28th April 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

This workshop will explore the complex area of discussing adoption with your child, including the words that you might use and how you might talk to your child so that they understand this important part of their story.  During the workshop, we will discuss:

  • The ages and stages of a child's level of understanding around adoption
  • Finding helpful words around "telling"
  • Considering the challenges you and your child might face
  • Helping to build your confidence

This will be a useful workshop space for parents who are building the foundations of their child's life story work as well as for parents who are progressing onto the more sensitive part of their child's early history.

To reserve a place, please email adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk 

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Creating Life Story Books

Date:  Thursday 3rd November 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

Our lives are a collection of stories and for adopted children, some of those stories are lost, confusing and painful.  Adopted children often struggle to make sense of what has happened in their lives and why, and as parents, we sometimes struggle to find the right words to explain the most sensitive parts of our child's history.  One of the most powerful tools to help children understand concepts and ideas is through the use of stories and there is no story more powerful than your child's own.  Life story books are a helpful tool to support your child's understanding of where they came from, where they are today and what may be possible in the future.  The workshop will focus on:

  • Making a life story book
  • Telling your child's story
  • Using a life story book

To reserve a place, please email adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk 
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Adoptive Parenting Support Groups 

Life Story Books Group

Date:  Thursday 18th November
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Location:  Online via zoom

Whether parents have a completed life story book for their child or are in the process of creating one, this group will be a great space to talk about how to use a life story book as a tool to support their child’s wellbeing.  Often, parents may feel uncertain around how to frame parts of their child’s book, or how to actually use it in a meaningful way once it’s all finalised.  Our group will cover both of these topics and more, and parents will be encouraged to share the challenges they have faced in using the book, as well as what has been helpful for their child.  Our time together will ensure that you are able to gain the advice, guidance, and support you need as you use this invaluable tool to help your child.  This group flows on from IAC's workshop, Creating Life Story Books, and is a great space for adopters to come together to create connections, while integrating workshop material.

To reserve a place, please email adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk
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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. 

The meeting is an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, find and give support, and just unwind.  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.

The next support group will take place on Saturday, December 4th from 12pm to 2pm via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, please email us at adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk

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Virtual Coffee Mornings for Waiting intercountry 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:

  • 9 December 2021
  • 1 March 2022
  • 7 June 2022
  • 13 September 2022
  • 29 November 2022

If you would like to attend, please email us at adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk
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Single Adopter Group

The journey of adoption as a single parent is unique, and our Single Adopter Group is a space to support you along your journey wherever you are in the process, whether that be in the process of waiting for a child to join your family or as a seasoned adoptive parent.  The group is a helpful space where you may connect with others who understand your experience, feel supported, and grow as you navigate your adoption journey.

Groups are hosted by Jessica Spenceley, 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. 

All Single Adopter Group sessions take place from 10am – 11:30am via Zoom, and our upcoming sessions are scheduled to take place on:

  • 2 December 2021
  • 22 February 2022
  • 24 May 2022
  • 20 September 2022
  • 6 December 2022

To attend, please email adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk
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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 us at adoptionsupport@icacentre.org.uk

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All parents need support from time to time
and we offer it whenever it is needed. 
Adoption is for life, so is our support.