Support groups

Kent Adoption Mentoring scheme

Kent Adoption Mentoring scheme is coordinated by Kent Adoption Service and includes volunteer mentors who are experienced adopted parents from many different backgrounds and family situations including:

  • single child or sibling group adopters
  • same sex or heterosexual couple adopters
  • single parent adopters
  • overseas adopters
  • those who adopt children from a different ethnic group.

Mentors are there to support new adopters through the adoption journey from the time a match is agreed and/or at any time after a child is placed but before the adoption order is granted. They are there to lend a friendly, listening ear and to help think through approaches to challenges, should there be any. It’s an opportunity to talk to a like minded person who is experiencing the same incredible journey in his/her own unique way. This is in addition to the support adopters receive from the social workers involved.

If you wish to contact your local mentor please talk to your Adoption Social Worker. One of the mentors would be more than happy to talk to you on an informal basis, just ask the social worker to arrange.

Parent led support groups

AreaFrequencyGroup leadersOpen toInformation
AshfordMonthlyJoAll parents

Find out more about the support group by completing our enquiry online form.

BirchingtonMonthly on a ThursdayTony and JaneAll parents
FolkestoneMonthly on a FridayDeclanAll parents
Herne Bay (daytime)Monthly on a FridayAnnie and OllyAll parents
Herne Bay (evening)Monthly on a ThursdayAnnie and OllyAll parents

Parent led family groups

AreaFrequencyGroup leadersOpen toInformation
AshfordQuartley on a FridayIanAll parents and children

Find out more about the support group by completing our online enquiry form.

CanterburyMonthly on a SundayTina 
FavershamMonthly on a SundayAliAll parents and children
GravesendMonthly on a TuesdayAliAll parents and children
TonbridgeMonthly on a SaturdayAgaAll parents and children


For Learning and Development or Support Group information, please call us on 03000 420 508 or email

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