Talking to Your Child about Adoption

Date: Thursday 12 October 2023
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

This workshop will explore the complex area of discussing adoption with your child, including the words that you might use and how you might talk to your child so that they understand this important part of their story. 

During the workshop, we will discuss:

  • The ages and stages of a child's level of understanding around adoption
  • Finding helpful words around "telling"
  • Considering the challenges you and your child might face
  • Helping to build your confidence

This will be a useful workshop space for parents who are building the foundations of their child's life story work as well as for parents who are progressing onto the more sensitive part of their child's early history.

To book your place, please email 

Please note that the final date for enrolment is 28 September 2023.

Creating Life Story Books

Date:  Thursday 30 November 2023
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley

Our lives are a collection of stories and for adopted children, some of those stories are lost, confusing and painful.  Adopted children often struggle to make sense of what has happened in their lives and why, and as parents, we sometimes struggle to find the right words to explain the most sensitive parts of our child's history.  One of the most powerful tools to help children understand concepts and ideas is through the use of stories and there is no story more powerful than your child's own. 

Life story books are a helpful tool to support your child's understanding of where they came from, where they are today and what may be possible in the future.  Join us to learn how to create a book that positively affirms who your child is, whilst giving them language and context around how they came to be adopted.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Making a life story book
  • Telling your child's story
  • Using a life story book

Whether you are just beginning to think about how to use a life story book with your child or would like tips to enhance a book you have already created, this workshop is for you. 

To reserve a place, please email

Please note that the final date for enrolment is 16 November 2023.

Family and Friends Workshop

Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Time: 9:30am – 3pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Facilitator: Jessica Spenceley & Shenaz Drury

Having a sense of community and compassionate support are important for all families, but especially for families who come together through adoption. Our Family and Friends Workshop is a space just for your loved ones, and it is designed to provide them with information, guidance and tips about adoption, coming together as an adoptive family, and how they may helpfully support you along your family’s journey.

The workshop is a great space for your family and friends, regardless of where you are in the adoption process, but it is especially helpful for families who are waiting, matched, or recently had their child placed with them.

To find out more information and to find out how to book your loved ones a place on our upcoming workshops, please reach out to us at

Please note that enrolment for each session closes two weeks before the workshop’s start date.