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  • 23rd March 2017

    Happy Mother’s Day from PACT

    MOTHER’S Day on 26 March will be extra special for 57 new mums who have adopted children through Parents And Children Together in the last year.The charity, which supports families across the south east and beyond through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, placed 81 children with 57 mums over the last year.There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.PACT is particularly looking for families who can consider adopting children over four years old, with BME heritage or who have additional needs as well as sibling groups of two or more children.Steph became a mum to seven-year-old Caitlin in 2012 when she and her husband Nick adopted her through PACT. Caitlin had been in foster care since she was three and Steph recalls how excited she was to meet her new parents for the first time, calling out “you’re my new mummy!”.Steph said: “We had made the assumption that she would be nervous and reserved like us, but she wasn’t, she wanted a hug and immediately wanted her present, for us to see her cakes that she had helped make and to sit on my lap! We hadn’t considered that Caitlin was excited because at last she was going to get a family of her own and a chance for a new life.”She added: “Every adopter has different experiences of the bonding process. Mine was instant. Within days of Caitlin coming home our bond was set in stone, we got each other and we understood each other.”Steph and Nick, whose 13-year-old son from his previous marriage lived with them, chose to adopt as they wanted to have another child but Steph was unable to do this naturally following cancer treatment.They were both very clear from the start that they wanted to adopt an older child.Steph said: “The joy of having an older child is that they can talk to you and tell you how they are feeling. We feel that it made those initial meetings and her first few months with us easier to handle as she was able to express herself.”She added: “Our experience of adopting Caitlin was challenging and exciting. We have never regretted our decision to adopt her and we love her unconditionally. We can’t imagine life without her. We have had challenging times when we have been awake at night discussing our little girl and working out how to deal with the latest concern, but I don’t think we are any different to any other parent in that sense.”Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “I would like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all those mums celebrating this special day after adopting children.“But there are still many children in need of a mum, many of them are aged four or over, in a sibling group or have additional needs. I would encourage anyone who feels they can offer a secure and loving home to a child in care to get in touch with us, and find out how we can help them do that.”To find out more about adopting with PACT visit www.pactcharity.org/adoption or call 0300 456 4800. 

  • 20th March 2017

    Lunch for PACT adopters 23rd March 2017

    PACT is being visited by Ofsted Inspectors for a week beginning on Monday 20th March 2017. PACT would like to invite adopters to a lunch to meet with the inspectors on Thursday 23rd March 11.30am - 12.30pm.If you'd like to attend or would like some more information please contact Shirley Elliott, Head of Adoption - Shirley.Elliott@pactcharity.org.

  • 10th March 2017

    Team PACT take on the London Marathon!

    Seven runners are taking part in the London Marathon to raise funds for adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT).Each runner is aiming to raise £1,500 for the charity, which supports families across the South East through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects.The iconic 26.2 mile race takes place on Sunday 23rd April.PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are really grateful to all our Team PACT marathon runners who are giving up their time to train for the race and raise funds for our work. Please do sponsor them if you can – all donations are welcome and make such a difference by enabling us to reach out to more families who need support.”PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption agencies, placing children with secure and loving families and providing award-winning therapeutic support. Last year it placed 91 children with 58 families through its adoption services. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England. PACT is particularly looking for couples or single people, including those from the LGBT community, who can consider adopting a child with additional needs, BME heritage or a sibling group of three or more.To find out more or to sponsor one of our runners see our Team PACT page.

  • 02nd March 2017

    PACT supports Big Adoption Day 2017

    ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is supporting a national campaign to encourage more people to come forward and provide a forever home to a child in care.PACT, which supports families across the south east and beyond through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, will join other independent adoption agencies across the country supporting Big Adoption Day on Wednesday 29 March by holding an event for people interested in adoption.PACT’s event will be held in Reading on Tuesday 28 March at 6.30pm. The information evening will be led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted through PACT. The event aims to give potential adopters the chance to gain a better understanding of the adoption process as well as to speak to PACT staff and adopters.  Last year PACT placed 91 children with 58 families through its adoption services. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.  PACT is particularly looking for couples or single people, including those from the LGBT community, who can consider adopting children over four years old, with BME heritage or who have additional needs as well as sibling groups of two or more children.Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive of PACT, said she was delighted to support Big Adoption Day, which is this year focusing on adoption support.Jan said: “With so many children in care waiting for a forever home, it is incredibly important that we continue to do whatever we can to raise awareness of the ongoing need for people to come forward and provide homes for these children.“I am particularly pleased that the campaign is highlighting the support that independent agencies can offer adoptive families. At PACT we really pride ourselves on the life-long specialist and therapeutic support we provide to our families via our Strengthening Families Team and our award-winning Family And Children Therapeutic Support (FACTS) service.“If you think you can help provide a loving, secure home to a child or children who need it, then we can help you make this happen, and be there to offer the right professional support when needed. Please do get in touch with us to find out more about the adoption and post-adoption support services we provide.” If you would like to attend PACT’s information evening on Tuesday 28 March please call 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org. You can also find out about other information events coming up, as well as more information about adopting with PACT, at www.pactcharity.org

  • 24th February 2017

    PACT celebrates LGBT week with a special event in Brighton

    PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is celebrating national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week by holding a special event in Brighton for prospective LGBT adopters. PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. PACT actively recruits LGBT adopters and 16 per cent of people who adopted with PACT in 2016 were from the LGBT community. PACT’s free event on Saturday 11 March, to mark the national week of awareness-raising which runs from 6 - 12 March, will feature a question and answer session with a panel of PACT LGBT adopters who have children placed with them from a range of different backgrounds.  There will also be opportunities for people to talk individually with experienced adopters and social workers as well as to meet other prospective adopters over refreshments. Brian and Andy adopted two brothers, aged four and five, through PACT in 2014. Brian said: “We haven’t looked back and the boys are the best thing we have ever done. So far we have had no issues as a same sex couple and the boys are very happy.” PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “This event offers an ideal opportunity for LGBT people who are looking to start or extend a family through adoption to find out what it’s really like from those who have already been through it. We are proud to be supporting national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week again, and we look forward to working with many more LGBT adopters this year.” LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers. PACT adopters are entitled to become New Family Social members for life free of charge. PACT’s event will be held at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton from 2pm until 4.30pm and light refreshments will be served. Find out more here or to book a place call 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org  For more information about LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week see www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk.   

  • 17th February 2017

    Forever families needed for sibling groups of three

    PACT is searching for adopters who could provide a forever family for groups of siblings who need to stay together.PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Last year PACT placed 91 children with 58 families through its adoption services. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England, many of them are in sibling groups of two or more.The charity is particularly looking for adopters who can take a sibling group of three children to enable brothers and sisters to stay together.Louise* and her husband Tom, from Oxfordshire, adopted Sophie, 5, Ben, 3, and Amy, 2, through PACT in March 2011 as they were unable to have their own children. The siblings had been separated in foster care, and it was thought they might also be adopted by two families as it would be easier to place them that way.But Louise, who said she and Tom were keen to adopt more than one child, said: “Being able to bring them back together was such an important thing for us.”Louise said there were definite logistical challenges of adopting three children and of making sure they met all their individual needs, but that they had received fantastic post-adoption support from PACT. She added: “Every day was, and still is, a challenge. But we are just a regular family getting on with life and enjoying ourselves. We would not change it for the world.”Harry and his wife Claire’s dream of a family was realised when they adopted three siblings, all under four years old, through PACT in 2016. He said it had been hard but that the three children had deserved to stay together. Harry, from Oxford, who will this April be running the London Marathon to raise funds and awareness for PACT following the help and support it has given his family, added: “To adopt a sibling group of three has been the toughest and single most rewarding thing my wife and I have done. This is why my tagline for life has quickly become "Will it be Easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely!”“Our children have been kept together which in turn has helped with their transition to our family whilst also helping to keep their identity. Seeing their smiling, excited faces when I come home from work or get off early and pick them up from school is more than I had ever dreamed of.”Jonathan and Katherine, from Banbury, adopted three sisters through PACT in 2013. At the time the girls were three, two and a year old.  Katherine said: “We are delighted to be parents, thanks to PACT, and we are fortunate to be able to give a home to these three lovely girls. Now we have such a strong bond with them, they are part of our family and it’s a privilege to be their mum.”PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “Finding adopters with the skills and space for three children is crucial so that brothers and sisters, who have often had an unsettled enough start to their life, can be adopted and stay together with a new forever family. “Our teams are well-experienced at matching and placing sibling groups of three and in helping with the specific challenges such placements can raise. And, as is the case for all our adopted families, we will support families who have adopted three children for life through our specialist support and therapeutic services. “I would encourage anyone who could consider adopting a sibling group of three to get in touch with us and find out more about what is involved. Our friendly enquiries team will be able to answer any questions you might have, or there is lots of information available on our website www.pactcharity.org.”PACT also runs frequent adoption information evenings where anyone considering adoption (not just those interested in adopting siblings) can find out more. Events coming up include sessions in Reading on Tuesday 21 February and London on Thursday 16 March. These events start at 6.30pm and are free to attend but please book a place in advance by calling 0300 456 4800.PACT works with a range of adopters from all backgrounds, including those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. To find out more about adopting with PACT, download an information pack or book on to an information event, visit www.pactcharity.org or call 0300 456 4800. More information about adopting three children is available at www.pactcharity.org/adopt-three, where you can also read more about the adoption stories of Louise and Tom, or to see Jonathan and Katherine’s story in full see www.pactcharity.org/adopters-stories You can sponsor Harry at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Harry.Routledge*Names have been changed to protect identity 

  • 31st January 2017

    Volunteers raise more than £10,000 for vital PACT project

    A COMMITTEE of fundraising volunteers in Oxford raised more than £10,000 last year for a project that helps families break the cycle of domestic abuse.Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) is an innovative programme developed by adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) that uses therapeutic techniques to support children and parents who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. Its work has been supported by PACT’s BB4K Fundraising Committee in Oxford, which raised £10,870 through a series of events over the year, enabling 23 children to attend the project’s courses in 2016/17.PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are incredibly grateful for the work of our Oxford Committee and the fantastic amount it has raised for BB4K. This is such a vital project, and the money raised for it is crucial in enabling us to reach out to even more families who need support.”The fundraising committee is already busy planning events for 2017, including Racquets and Rosé – a tennis tournament and lunch - on Thursday 25 May and a Bridge Day event on Thursday 9 November. PACT Fundraising Manager Laura Davison said: “This committee is a great example of what a group of dedicated volunteers can achieve. We would love to see similar committees working in other parts of Thames Valley to help raise funds to support our work.”If you would like to find out more about the BB4K Fundraising Committee in Oxford and the events it is organising, or if you could help with fundraising for PACT in your local area please contact Laura by emailing fundraising@pactcharity.org or calling 0118 402 1696. 

  • 25th January 2017

    PACT calling for more adopters in Brighton

    ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) would love to hear from anyone in Brighton who can provide a secure loving home to a child in care.PACT is holding a series of information events where anyone considering adoption can find out more about what’s involved and the services it offers. Events include a session in Brighton on Wednesday 8 February at 6.30pm. It is free to attend but please book a place in advance by calling 0300 456 4800.PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Last year PACT placed 91 children with 58 PACT families through its adoption services. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.PACT is particularly looking for couples or single people, including those from the LGBT community, who can consider adopting a child with additional needs or a sibling group of three or more.PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We would love to hear from you if you are thinking about embarking on a route to adopt. We understand this is a big step but getting in touch with us and attending one of our information events is a great way for you to find out more and work out if this is right for you. It could be the first step you take on an amazing journey.” Information events are led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted through PACT. There will also be chance to ask questions and talk informally to adoption staff, and there will be information to take away and read at home.Shirley Elliott, Head of Adoption at PACT, added: “Our experienced and approachable teams can offer help and support from day one. If you are thinking of adopting or have any questions at all about our services, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.”You can find out more about PACT and its adoption services at www.pactcharity.org or you can speak to one of PACT’s dedicated enquiry officers by calling 0300 456 4800. Lines are open 10am-3pm Monday to Friday.  

  • 20th January 2017

    Can you make a Pact for PACT in 2017?

    PACT is calling for people to make a new year’s resolution to take on a charity challenge in 2017 in support of its work.The adoption charity, which supports families across the south east and beyond through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, would love to hear from anyone who can make a Pact for PACT and raise funds for its work.People can choose what challenge they undertake in aid of PACT, from signing up for a sky-dive to holding a cake sale. Other fundraising initiatives could include taking part in a sponsored walk, run or bike ride; encouraging your company, church or school to host a dress down day; or getting sponsored to give something up for a month.All money raised will help support the charity’s community projects and post-adoption therapeutic services for families across the Thames Valley. For example £155 will fund a support package for a vulnerable woman at the charity’s Alana House for a month including one-to-one sessions with a specialist support worker, or £50 will fund a child who has witnessed or been affected by domestic abuse to attend a Bounce Back 4 Kids session to help them manage their feelings and break the cycle of domestic abuse.PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We would love to hear from anyone who would like to support our vital work by making a Pact for PACT this year. All money raised will make a difference by enabling us to help more vulnerable children and families.”PACT Fundraising Manager Laura Davison added: “There are many different ways in which you can support PACT from running a marathon to organising a pub quiz. Whatever you choose to do we can support you along the way with help, advice and ideas. Please do get in touch if you would like to get involved by making a Pact for PACT.”You can also support PACT’s work by becoming a Friend of PACT and making a regular contribution to the charity or by following @PACTcharity on Facebook and Twitter to help raise awareness of its work.To find out more see www.pactcharity.org/support-us or contact our fundraising team at fundraising@pactcharity.org or on 0118 402 1696. 

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