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Our parent-led social and support groups

We Are Family members are invited to join any of our parent support groups to connect with other adopters to share problems, insights, frustrations, and laughs with other people who have similar experiences. These groups are run by adopters, for adopters, and are an invaluable opportunity to meet – virtually and in-person – to grow a support network.

Regular gatherings include:

  • Peer-led parent support groups
  • Peer-led support groups for prospective adopters
  • Peer-led support groups for single adopters
  • Social events
  • Family meet-ups and playgroups
  • Plus common interest groups such as our parents of tweens and teens group.

With our roots in London, We Are Family’s original parent-led groups take place in the city and surrounding areas including East London, Hackney & Islington, Havering, Richmond, West London and Southwark. We are now excited to be extending our support across the South East (Kent, Bexley, Medway) and are currently developing parent support groups in collaboration with Adoption Partnership South East. 

For further information about setting up a group across the South East – or beyond! – please contact



Run in partnership with Connect Peer Support, We Are Family’s bespoke Peer Support Facilitator Training ensures that all our facilitators have the skills and resources to provide compassionate peer-led support groups. This dynamic 12-hour training programme, delivered via Zoom, is a masterclass in how to create warm, open spaces alongside peers.

In addition to training, all facilitators are invited to join our monthly Supervision programme which provides regular external support to maintain and promote volunteer wellbeing.

Training and Supervision is delivered by Anne Ford of Connect Peer Support, MSW, MBACP, a Clinical Social Worker (psychotherapist) by training, who has 40 years of experience in developing and delivering training in peer programmes.

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.


Peer Support Training Participant

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.