Event diary

Our event diary shows you all of the activity that is happening within the SWLA Consortium.

We hold frequent adoption information meetings that give you the information you need about adopting with us and what it’s really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by our specialised social workers. You can come along, take all the information away with you and just listen.

To come along to one of these meetings, fill in our contact form or call us on 0300 123 8085. You will also see in our diary the dates of our upcoming adoption preparation training.

Prospective adopters undertake the adoption preparation training in stage two of their assessment. We have also included all of our upcoming adoption support sessions. This is to give you a good idea of what support is available to our adopters post-approval.

Events happening in January

Adoption Information Meeting

Adoption Information Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Morden - Information meeting

5.00-7.00pm

Our adoption information meetings give you the information you need about adopting with us and what it's really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by our specialised social workers and supported by adopters. To come along to one of these meetings, fill in our contact form or call us on 0300 123 8085, to confirm your place.

Events happening in February

Adoption Preparation Training

Adoption Preparation Training

Monday, February 19, 2018 - Merton - Adoption preparation meeting

This training consists of four full days, which all prospective adopters will be required to attend in full, from 9.30am-4.00pm on Monday 19, Friday 23, Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February, 2018.

During the adoption process, prospective adopters attend adoption preparation training. This is a statutory requirement of the adoption process. The training you will provide you with more information about the children who are waiting to be adopted, the behaviours they may exhibit, how this will affect you, your family and friends.

It will also help to prepare you for your role as an adoptive parent and discuss in depth the support and training available to you, throughout your adoption journey.

You will meet adopters, adoptees, birth parents, foster carers and Looked After Children social workers. Together they will help to provide you with a fully picture of the children waiting to be adopted, to enable you to decide if adoption is right for you.

 

Adoption Drop-In one-to-one 30 minute appointments available.

Adoption Drop-In one-to-one 30 minute appointments available.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Merton Civic Centre, Morden. - Information meeting

From 10 - 4pm

As well our regular monthly adoption information evenings, we also hold informal drop-in sessions for couples or individuals interested in adoption who want to have a relaxed chat about their circumstances and a cup of coffee. These provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and talk one-to-one with an adoption social worker.

Half hour slots are available. These sessions are free to attend but you will need to book in advance to guarantee there will be a social worker available to talk to. Please call Candice Siddle on 0208 545 4688 or emailing adoption@merton.gov.uk to reserve your place.

 

Adoption Information Meeting

Adoption Information Meeting

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Sutton - Information meeting

3.00-5.00pm

Our adoption information meetings give you the information you need about adopting with us and what it's really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by our specialised social workers and supported by adopters. To come along to one of these meetings, fill in our contact form or call us on 0300 123 8085, to confirm your place.

Events happening in March

Meet The LGBT Adopters

Meet The LGBT Adopters

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Merton - Information meeting

6.00pm- 8.30pm

This is a special one off event organised for National LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week 2018. This event gives prospective adopters the opportunity to come along and hear directly from approved LGBT adopters about their experience of assessment, approval, matching and life as parents.

This is not an adoption information meeting and you will not hear from social workers about the assessment and approval process, the eligibility criteria or about the children currently waiting. You will still be required to attend an adoption information meeting if you are serious about adopting, after this event.

But, this special meeting is priceless it will offer you insight from the experts - the adopters. You will hear from a panel of adopters from all walks of life and have the opportunity to ask them questions. A selection of social workers from Merton and Sutton will be available afterwards for 5 minute one-to-one meetings.

These events get booked up very quickly so please contact us to confirm your place, as spaces are limited.

Support Group For Adopted Adults

Support Group For Adopted Adults

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - Merton - Adoption support service

These meetings provide information, assistance, emotional and practical support, and the opportunity for you to explore your feelings and to share your experiences of adoption with like minded people. Any adopted adults who now live in the boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Kingston or Richmond is welcome to attend.


These regular sessions take place at the Merton Civic Centre between 6.30-8.30pm. For more information or to RSVP please email: michelle.herbst@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8545 4688.

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive parents

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive parents

Friday, March 9, 2018 - Hampton - Adoption support service

12.15pm- 2.15pm

Drop-ins are a great opportunity to meet other adoptive parents in an informal and child friendly environment. Please feel free to come along with or without your under 5 year old children. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Inter-country and domestic adopters and parents of children of all ages come along. Members of the adoption team will be there. Everyone welcome.

For more information contact John on 020 8547 4620 or email john.grey@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Adoption Drop-In one-to-one 30 minute appointments available.

Adoption Drop-In one-to-one 30 minute appointments available.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Merton Civic Centre, Morden. - Information meeting

From 10 - 4pm

As well our regular monthly adoption information evenings, we also hold informal drop-in sessions for couples or individuals interested in adoption who want to have a relaxed chat about their circumstances and a cup of coffee. These provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and talk one-to-one with an adoption social worker.

Half hour slots are available. These sessions are free to attend but you will need to book in advance to guarantee there will be a social worker available to talk to. Please call Candice Siddle on 0208 545 4688 or emailing adoption@merton.gov.uk to reserve your place.

 

We Are Family -  Prospective Adopters Group

We Are Family - Prospective Adopters Group

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - The Ship. Southwark - Adoption support service

7.00-9.00pm

We Are Family is an adoption support community open to all adopters – including prospective and approved ones.

They are a supportive bunch, providing organic buddying and active support through regular meet ups, information sharing and other initiatives. Rather than offering advice, they offer community.

They are open to all families: gay, lesbian, straight, single or couples. Many people visit their groups alone, or with their partners, sometimes with, sometimes without, their kids. 

Please contact prospective@wearefamilyadoption.co.uk

Events happening in April

Adoption Information Meeting

Adoption Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - Surbiton - Information meeting

6.00pm-8.00pm

Our adoption information meetings give you the information you need about adopting with us and what it's really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by adoption social workers and supported by adopters. To come along to one of these meetings, to find out about the process of approval, the children who need adopting and the eligibility criteria.

Please fill in our contact form or call us on 0300 123 8085, to confirm your place.

Adoption Preparation Training

Adoption Preparation Training

Monday, April 16, 2018 - Surbiton - Adoption preparation meeting

This training consists of four days, which all prospective adopters will be required to attend in full, on Monday 16, Tuesday 17,Friday 27 and Monday 30 April 2018.

During the adoption process, prospective adopters attend adoption preparation training. This is a statutory requirement of the adoption process. The training you will provide you with more information about the children who are waiting to be adopted, the behaviours they may exhibit, how this will affect you, your family and friends.

It will also help to prepare you for your role as an adoptive parent and discuss in depth the support and training available to you, throughout your adoption journey.

You will meet adopters, adoptees, birth parents, foster carers and Looked After Children social workers. Together they will help to provide you with a fully picture of the children waiting to be adopted, to enable you to decide if adoption is right for you.

 

Drop In Support Group for Adoptive Parents

Drop In Support Group for Adoptive Parents

Friday, April 20, 2018 - Hampton - Adoption support service

12.15pm- 2.15pm

Drop-ins are a great opportunity to meet other adoptive parents in an informal and child friendly environment. Please feel free to come along with or without your under 5 year old children. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Inter-country and domestic adopters and parents of children of all ages come along. Members of the adoption team will be there. Everyone welcome.

For more information contact John on 020 8547 4620 or email john.grey@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Events happening in May

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive Parents

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive Parents

Friday, May 11, 2018 - Hampton - Adoption support service

12.15pm- 2.15pm

Drop-ins are a great opportunity to meet other adoptive parents in an informal and child friendly environment. Please feel free to come along with or without your under 5 year old children. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Inter-country and domestic adopters and parents of children of all ages come along. Members of the adoption team will be there. Everyone welcome.

For more information contact John on 020 8547 4620 or email john.grey@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Adoption Information Meeting

Adoption Information Meeting

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Merton - Information meeting

11.00am- 1.00pm

Our adoption information meetings give you the information you need about adopting with us and what it's really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by adoption social workers and supported by adopters. To come along to one of these meetings, to find out about the process of approval, the children who need adopting and the eligibility criteria.

Please fill in our contact form or call us on 0300 123 8085, to confirm your place.

Support Group For Adopted Adults

Support Group For Adopted Adults

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - Merton - Adoption support service

These meetings provide information, assistance, emotional and practical support, and the opportunity for you to explore your feelings and to share your experiences of adoption with like minded people. Any adopted adults who now live in the boroughs of Merton, Sutton, Kingston or Richmond is welcome to attend.


These regular sessions take place at the Merton Civic Centre between 6.30-8.30pm. For more information or to RSVP please email: michelle.herbst@merton.gov.uk or call 020 8545 4688.

Events happening in June

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive Parents

Drop In Support Group For Adoptive Parents

Friday, June 8, 2018 - Hampton - Adoption support service

12.15pm- 2.15pm

Drop-ins are a great opportunity to meet other adoptive parents in an informal and child friendly environment. Please feel free to come along with or without your under 5 year old children. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Inter-country and domestic adopters and parents of children of all ages come along. Members of the adoption team will be there. Everyone welcome.

For more information contact John on 020 8547 4620 or email john.grey@achievingforchildren.org.uk