We Are Family Partners with Yorkshire Adoption Agency to Expand Support for Adoptive Families
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by Sophie Rose
2w ago
We Are Family (WAF) is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Yorkshire Adoption Agency (YAA) to enhance support and grow a sense of community for adoptive families. This partnership provides YAA members access to WAF’s online digital platform, offering numerous resources, peer support opportunities, and educational tools. We Are Family empowers adoptive families through various services, including peer support groups, expert-led webinars, and an extensive resource library. With its recorded talks and educational materials, WAF’s online Member Hub ensures adoptive parents have opp ..read more
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Join Our Board: We Are Family Seeks Trustees!
We Are Family
by Sophie Rose
2M ago
About We Are Family  We Are Family is an extraordinary peer support community for adopters and prospective adopters. We’re there for parents throughout their adoption journey. Online and in person, our parents’ groups, events, resources, podcasts and talks offer mutual support, information and inspiration to adopters and those considering adoption. We currently operate across Greater London and the Home Counties, with ambitions to scale nationally over the coming years.  You can find out more about us here.  The Role We are looking for new trustees to strengthen and enhance our ..read more
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The Power of Partnership
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by Sophie Rose
4M ago
Ofsted have today released their ‘Thematic Inspection Report into Regional Adoption Agencies (RAAs)’.  Ofsted carried out this thematic inspection between October and December 2023. RAAs are responsible for delivering a range of adoption services on behalf of local authorities. Ofsted Inspectors visited a sample of 6 RAAs, chosen to be representative of the sector, taking into account factors such as location, size and model of service delivery. WAF is delighted that our long-term successful partnership with Adopt London (RAA) was highlighted in the report as a positive example ..read more
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Join Our Board of Trustees
We Are Family
by Sophie Rose
4M ago
We Are Family are recruiting for two new Trustees to join our board as Company Secretary or Treasurer. This is a volunteer role and so the capacity to devote the time needed for the following is essential: 4 Board meetings per year 2 Board away days per year (on a Saturday) We estimate 8-10 hours for the charity per month. THE ROLES The Company Secretary will: Work directly with the Chair and Deputy Chair to organise and plan for regular Board meetings, producing agendas and a supporting pack of Board papers Ensure minutes are taken at the Trustee Board meetings and circulated in ..read more
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Navigating Adoption Challenges: Finding Belonging and Support in Shared Experiences
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by Sophie Rose
8M ago
Prospective and Early Permanence by Kerry  Our adoption journey thus far has been anything but a leisurely ride. So, we searched for a sense of belonging and sought to build connections with people who understand. Understand the wait, the setbacks, the sense of intrusion into our lives, the moments of self-doubt, the nervousness in the days leading up to panel and the periods of absolute excitement! I found that understanding in the support groups I attended. I was relieved and overwhelmingly grateful that we were not completely on our own and others understood, even though our expe ..read more
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Why does We Are Family exist? A chat with WAF’s Co-founders
We Are Family
by Sophie Rose
8M ago
Why is an organisation like WAF needed and what sets us apart from other adoption support organisations?  Our podcast host, Eddie Elliott, sat down with our Co-founders, Marie-Louise and Miranda to find out more about their stories and motivations for starting We Are Family ten years ago. Miranda and Marie-Louise were colleagues but it was only days before Miranda left to go on adoption leave that they found out that they were both adopting. “It’s that kind of process that you don’t massively talk about because you never know when it’s going to happen, or how, and so you keep it to y ..read more
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Helping friends and family to support adoptive parents by Lisa Barker, WAF Director
We Are Family
by Sophie Rose
8M ago
If you are not an adopter you cannot fully understand what the adoption journey is like. As with most things in life, you need to go through it, to really get it. There are so many assumptions about adoption that are at best, misplaced, and at worst, harmful. These are some of the things I’ve heard said to adopters: ‘Is he yours?’ ‘Oh, now she’s adopted, everything will be fine’ ‘Are you going to tell them they are adopted?’ Moving beyond the fact that some of these questions are just plain rude, they can be extremely complicated and exhausting to answer.  What adopters really need ..read more
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WAF Talks Anniversary Specials – Available for non-members too!
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by Sophie Rose
8M ago
WE ARE FAMILY ARE 10! As we approach the end of 2023, we celebrate not only another fruitful year of providing support to our prospective and adoptive parents, but also our first decade as We Are Family!  Back in 2013, a small group of adopters found there was a lack of local and peer support for adoptive parents and set to do something about this. This marked the beginning of We Are Family. Since then, We Are Family have grown to become a community benefitting from: 1,350+ We Are Family members 400+ Blog posts 80+ recorded WAF Talks in the Member Hub 65+ volunte ..read more
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Join our team
We Are Family
by Sophie Rose
9M ago
We Are Family are hiring for an Operations Assistant! We have an exciting paid role within our adopter peer support community to join us as our Operations Assistant. This is a fixed term contract of 13 months initially (Jan 2024 – Jan 2025), covering parental leave.  This role is an excellent opportunity for a highly organised, personable professional with an interest in working in a mission-led environment, to support and grow the services of We Are Family’s community of adopters and prospective adopters.  THE ROLE The Operations Assistant will: Provide a ‘first poi ..read more
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‘Oh all kids do that…’
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by Sophie Rose
1y ago
My son was 14 months old when he joined our family. My older boy was already in school so after the Easter holiday this new ‘baby’ joined us for drop off and pick up. I had only told a few close friends about the family member we were expecting so for many it was a bit of a surprise to see the little guy. As far as I knew he was the only adopted child in my group of parent friends at school. This in itself wasn’t a problem, but when I spoke about sibling rivalry or attachment they would make innocuous remarks like, ‘oh all kids do that.’ I smiled through their placations, but I knew it w ..read more
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