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Our aim is to promote the health and wellbeing of prospective adopters and adoptive parents throughout the UK. We seek to connect people at the same stage in their adoptive journey, so they can build strong relationships and networks of peers, as well as creating opportunities to hear the experiences of others at different stages.

Our Theory of Change model demonstrates how offering parent-led support, connection and community is at the heart of We Are Family

1350+

Members across the uk and beyond

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Volunteers supported

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Events
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Connection & Relationship

From in-person and online peer support groups, to playgroups, picnics and our developing programme of creative sessions; providing opportunities for our members to connect and forge friendship and community remains at the heart of We Are Family.

  • 82% of our members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have opportunities to engage with a variety of experience on adoption
  • 58% of members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they feel supported and more confident in their parenting abilities
  • 57% of our members have attended support groups, citing highlights as the ability to share openly about challenges and the opportunity to meet/connect with other adopters.
  • 56% of our members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have increased their networks of contact and/or friends within the adoption community
  • 45% of our members have attended family friendly events, citing highlights as the opportunity to meet/connect with other adopters.
  • 44% of our members have attended parent socials, citing highlights as the ability to share openly about challenges and the opportunity to meet/connect with other adopters.

I was lucky that I found We Are Family early into our placement, my husband & I were struggling a great deal with the challenges with no family or support close by and being part of We Are Family changed that. I don’t believe we would have the relationship with our children that we have now if it were not for the help, support and understanding that other WAF members gave to me. WAF member

WAF are uniquely able to support fantastic adopter peer support networks in a way which is most helpful for parents and responsive to their needs. Through We Are Family our adoptive parents are connected to social networks of other adoptive parents from the earliest stages of adoption, providing parents with a place to seek advice, normalise parenting challenges, and reduce the potential for isolation. Adopt London, Partner

Information & Inspiration

Our digital Member Hub now holds over 80+ recorded WAF talks offering information and support across a vast range of subjects; alongside articles, books, training opportunities and much more.

We continue to offer inspiration within our member-generated blog featuring candid, hopeful and authentic accounts of adoption and related subjects; and also the addition of our podcast, Adoption Shared.

The impact of our programmes has been that 83% of our members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have access to more resources, information and support to manage the challenges of adoptive parenting.

  • 83% of members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have access to more resources
  • 40% have listed to a podcast episode citing the opportunity to hear about a range of personal adoption experiences
  • 72% have read a blog post citing highlights as the opportunity to hear about a range of personal adoption experiences and the information/support provided.
  • 37% engage with the Member Hub occasionally and 19% engage regularly

80+

Recorded WAF Talks

9000+

Downloads of the Adoption Shared Episodes

400+

Blog Posts

Amplifying Voices

As a membership, We Are Family contributes to a number of research initiatives, including a study into the experiences of adoptive parents with birth children led by the Rees Centre, Department of Education, University of Oxford. We have also established a working group to focus on the needs of adoptive families within the education system, and we continue to work closely with Adopt London to support their Black Adoption Project to better understand and evolve the experiences of Black adopters. We are also proud to be steered by our Board of 14 trustees, 75% of whom have lived experience of adoption and / or the care system.

From in-person and online peer support groups, to playgroups, picnics and our developing programme of creative sessions; providing opportunities for our members to connect and forge friendship and community remains at the heart of We Are Family.

  • 82% of our members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have opportunities to engage with a variety of experience on adoption
  • 56% of our members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they have increased their networks of contact and/or friends within the adoption community
  • 58% of members agree or strongly agree that since joining WAF, they feel supported and more confident in their parenting abilities.

Support & Training

Alongside specialist resources via our Member Hub, we are proud to be extending our support into the South East through our recent collaboration with Adoption Partnership South East. With more promising connections with RAAs, VAAs and other organisations on the horizon, We Are Family are set to widen our reach across the UK in the coming months and years. As we grow, so does our commitment to structured support and training. Our bespoke Peer Support training programme ensures that our volunteers are equipped to create a safe and welcoming space for members to share and support one another. This also serves as an ongoing opportunity for volunteers to invest in their own self-care, through our bi-monthly supervision sessions led by a consultant Social Worker (psychotherapist).

Simply the act of taking part in a series of sessions has provided me with a sense of momentum for starting a peer support group from scratch – I couldn’t visualise it before the training.

I have always found it hard to make time for self-care, and it dawned on me that the [peer support training] course wasn’t so much about running a group, or even about self-care, but that the course was self-care.
WAF Peer Support Attendee

I felt very alone dealing with the challenges of adopting children that experienced so much trauma, meeting experienced adopters gave me more confidence and helped me feel I was not a rubbish parent. The support provided by other adopters was inspiring.

Membership to We Are Family is free, and it always will be.

With the generous support from our partners, funders and donations from supporters, We Are Family provide our members with access to the highest calibre of experts, resources and peer support services, at the time when we need it most.

Join us and become part of the family.