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COVID-19

These are all resources, articles and tips recommended by WAF Members.

We Are Family does not endorse any content or organisation but would like to provide a place for members to share things they are finding useful at this time.

WAF exists to help adopters and prospective adopters provide support to each other. We know it's crucial this continues to happen despite the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In response to the outbreak, we have adjusted the way our support is delivered:

  • Local WAF groups now have access to an online platform, so they can keep meetings running.
  • Our blog is continuing and you can also access our social media to keep up-to-date.
  • We also have a private WAF Facebook group, for members only, and you can request access here.

We are also delighted that our Adopt London families can access additional support during this time. To find about more about free services, click here Adopt London COVID-19 Support

This resource page is part of that response and aims to give your ideas, resources, and tips for you to explore. These links have been recommended by WAF Members.

If you would like to suggest something for this resources list, please email hello@wearefamilyadoption.org.uk


Self-Care for Parents

Looking after our physical health is important, and it is equally important that we look after our mental health. Below are resources and advice that you might wish to access:

Coping with your feelings during COVID 19 Pandemic, NHS Lanarkshire

Coronavirus and your wellbeing, Mind

Coronavirus mental health information hub, SAMH

The Mindfulness Project daily meditation

The Best Strategies for Parents to Boost their Mental Health, Healthline Parenthood

Guide To Better Mental Health & Wellbeing during COVID-19, Small Charities Coalition

Regulation Pathways There’s a lot of information being sent out about self-care. This “menu” is about trying different ways of looking after yourself, seeing how these ways affects your mood/body/emotional world and keeping a note of the good ones. sometimes when you are in a state of distress or lacking in energy you can’t always remember them.

Indigo Therapeutic Services There are various excellent resources available here, including free COVID-19 schools transition support resources and an emotional well-being family care package


Children’s Mental Health

Below is a set of resources that we thought might be useful in supporting your child or children with their mental health.

Supporting care-experienced children and young people during the Covid-19 crisis and its aftermath from the British Psychological Society

Understanding and Calming Anxiety in children, AC Education

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, UK Government

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCov outbreak, World Health Organisation

What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus, Young Minds

How to keep kids safe online, Happily Family

Education & Activities for Kids

We know it can be overwhelming now, especially with lots of educational resources out there. Adopt London have put together a helpful list of resources, all in one document and you can access it here.

Other activities include:

code.org it is a great online coding course for kids, free and really engaging...

BBC bite size for children

Coronavirus – A book for children, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

#COVIBOOK Supporting and reassuring children around the world

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus

Éadaoin Bhreathnach, the Occupational Therapist and Attachment Counsellor behind the Scared Gang series for kids, has made this little book about the coronavirus: The Scared Gang have to stay at home.

Briony May Bakes is a youtube channel sharing baking tutorials with Makaton instructions

Too Many Pants is a new book written by a mum to help children deal with their emotions

A Recovery Curriculum: Loss and Life for our children and schools post pandemic.

Articles, Podcasts & Websites

Hand in Hand Parenting - listening by connection, a fresh look at the healing powers of listening by Patty Wipfler and her team.

The Post Institute - is another must have during lockdown. Check out Bryan Post's daily doses on Post Institute's Facebook page.

AHA Parenting-website and newsletter - Dr Laura is a one stop shop from parenting the 0-19s. Her COVID-19 help page can be found here.

Tina Bryson who had published 4 great parenting books with Dan Siegel, has made a useful COVID-19 blog.

One Big Happy Home Podcast

Creative activities for families to support psycho-emotional-social processing

Things you shouldn't say to an adoptive parent

Coronavirus Resources for Children and Families

Great Ormond Street Hospital Coronavirus Information Hub


Other organisations offering webinars and support:

Adoption UK

Beacon House

Family Futures (their COVID-19 emergency page can be found here)

PACT