Could you mentor a new adoptive parent?

Do you feel you can support others?
Could you spend an hour a week, a fortnight or a month mentoring a new adoptive parent?
Please read on and become part of our Peer Mentoring Scheme…

Every adoptive parent has exceptional experience which enables them to offer support and encouragement to adopters as they move through the adoption journey. And we know there’s nothing quite like talking to another adopter whose lived experience means that they ‘get it’. This is not a substitute for the professional advice that new parents will receive – it’s about being a supportive and reassuring mentor, providing new perspectives and approaches, and signposting services and resources.

Our peer mentoring project is an exciting new Adopt South West initiative, and we’re looking for volunteers from experienced adoptive parents. Initially the project will provide early placement support to adoptive parents who have just had a child placed. As the project develops, it will be widened to support other groups of adopters. Support will be provided on a flexible, tailored basis, virtually or in person, and may include evening support.

Mentors will undertake online learning and attend online workshops and will receive regular supervision and support as required. This is a volunteer role, but appropriate expenses for travel will be reimbursed. Checks and references will be undertaken, including DBS checks, and applicants will be expected to attend an informal interview.

Positive feedback from people who have previously worked as peer mentors includes:

“It’s a good way to support others”

“Building relationships and sharing experiences”

“Allowed me to reflect on my journey”

“I have been able to develop my skills which has helped me to get back into work”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Bev at Adopt South West by email