Our Peer Link Program is a unique service providing one to one support to adopters using volunteer mentors who are often themselves experienced adopters, and who have been recruited and trained by Families for Children and receive support in their role.
The scheme is designed to provide an informal network to adopters, supporting them to feel less isolated, grow in confidence and make good links with other adoptive
parents. Peer mentors are a good sounding board for newly approved adopters or adopters experiencing particular difficulties. The scheme offers a different kind of support and understanding from people who have direct and personal experience of being an adoptive parent.
BE THE ADOPTION SUPPORT YOU WISH YOU HAD.
Can you answer yes to the following:
- Are you able to take a quick call during the day?
- Would you mind taking a call in an evening?
- Could you provide adoption support for around 1.5 hours (on average) a week?
- Would you like to develop your own adoption skills with additional training and references?
- Would you like to be part of an exclusive peer support WhatsApp group where you can share your mentoring experiences, resources and offer informal support with other mentors?
If the answer is YES to all the above, we would love you to become a Peer Link Volunteer Mentor for Families for Children Adoption.
So what happens once you become a Mentor?
As a mentor you would receive supervision and support on a one to one basis and through our virtual drop-in group sessions which will be held one evening a month.
We are currently looking at how we support young people, so there would also be the opportunity for our Peer Link mentor to work alongside our young adult mentors and contribute to their learning through your own experience.
Listen here to Naomi, one of our Peer Link mentors talk about the benefits of the service.