Be part of supporting others on their adoption journey

Adoption UK are looking to recruit mentors to join our successful Peer Mentoring scheme. Using an innovative approach of a user led support, the scheme relies on volunteer mentors who have the experience and desire to help others through their adoption journey. This support will be offered to adoptive families within the One Adoption West Yorkshire region.

What do mentors do?

Mentors are there to give support, sharing of experience and encouragement to potential and experienced adopters as they move through the adoption process from assessment through to placement and beyond. Their goal is to help families through an emotionally challenging period so that they

What skills and experience do you need?

Mentors will bring their own adopter experience to the role and offer support and encouragement to adopters as they move through the adoption journey. We are looking variety of mentors with range of experiences and skills, for example,

  • Interpersonal skills – able to listen and empathise, build relationships, convey information with sensitivity, can judge the mood and tempo of the situation and act accordingly.
  • Knowledge of the adoption process - in your local area, knowledge of the adoption reforms nationally and how they apply locally, knowledge of the key sources of advice and information (including on entitlements) – able to point adopters to the information they need as and when they need it.
  • Knowledge of common adoption challenges - regardless of personal experience, be able to talk about and empathise with common adoption challenges e.g. education, family & friends view on a child’s behaviour and parenting, contact etc.

How to apply?

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, please complete the short application form below and email to [email protected]   

Volunteer Role Application Form

The closing date for applications: Monday 4 November with interviews taking place the following week.
All successful applicants will need to attend a day’s training course on 19th November 2019 in Leeds.

Adoption UK will undertake Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and will take up references (as applicable).

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information regarding peer mentors, please email [email protected]