Welcome to all our special guardians and their families.  

A huge thank you to all the families and staff who helped make our Summer Party a sizzling fun-tastic event. Special guardians and their children came from north London and beyond to enjoy pizza and activities during the half-term break. 

It was an opportunity for special guardian parents to meet new special guardian families and catch up with old friends while having lunch. 

The Cheeky Monkey entertainers provided an energetic session with party games and dancing for all the children. The JooDoo Drummers brought an extra ‘wow’ to the day with children and adults forming their own drumming band. The sounds and smiles were mesmerising – you couldn’t help but sway to the sound of the beat!  The arts and crafts tables were an outlet for our budding artists producing some colourful and original art, while the mindfulness tent was a calming oasis.

Here’s what some of our families said on the day:

“It’s good to see old faces – really worthwhile coming!” 

“My child and another child only meet up at the SG events – they are inseparable!” 

“My friends have older children, so it’s a good way to meet families with younger children.”

Keep a look out on our websites for future events!

We are the North London Adoption and Fostering Consortium (NLAFC) - a group of six local authority agencies: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington, who work together to help and support children and families. This website is dedicated to those who have a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), or are thinking about becoming a family with a Special Guardianship Order.

Kinship Connected

If you are a special guardian and you need support for yourself or your child, you can contact Kinship Connected.

Part of Grandparents Plus, Kinship Connected is a programme available to SG families that gives access to local support groups and to specialist professionals.

You can also contact your local authority representative for more help.

There's some great training available at the moment for SG families.

There's Therapeutic Support and Training that equips SGs with activities and techniques for them to try out to help their children play and build better attachment relationships.

Click here to find out more.

You can attend training in any of the six boroughs regardless of where you live.

 If you need some one2one support or timeout with other SG families who understand your experiences, please contact the Kinship Connected team. 

They are an independent group set up by two charities: Families Lives and Grandparents Plus and this unique support is set up to help SG families in the six consortium boroughs. 

Please contact Maxine from the Kinship Connected team on 07931 158376