Adoptive parents repeatedly tell us the value of having the opportunity to speak with other adoptive parents. Hearing the experiences of others who have already gone through the process or have had experienced similar feelings or issues is invaluable.
We have therefore developed our Peer Support Group, giving our adoptive parents a regular opportunity to get together in a variety of both formal and informal settings.
Our groups so far have covered topics such as the process of being matched and introduced to your child, what to expect in the initial stages of placement and engaging in letterbox contact (sending letters) with birth parents.
Anyone who is in the process of applying to adopt or has previously adopted through St Margarets is welcome to attend. Should you be interested in attending, please speak to your worker or contact the office.
To date feedback from the participants of the group has been very positive and the group has gone from strength to strength.
“It was useful to chat with other adopters at different stages and hear their advice”
“The peer group meetings provide opportunities to speak to other adopters at various stages in the process. It is good to do this before, during and after adoption as the questions you want to ask, change over this period as you go through the various stages”.
'I thought the Peer Support Groups were excellent. Engaging with people who are further through the process was very helpful and gave us all a real insight into the exciting, emotional and no doubt occasionally difficult times ahead”.
“The open and honest talks from the people who had already adopted and their willingness to answer questions was really helpful”
“It was great to listen to other people in the same position and hear from those who have gone through the process. Highly insightful”
“Found it very useful. People in similar circumstances with things to watch out for and coping mechanisms”