FOR 54 dads who have adopted children through Parents And Children Together (PACT) over the last year Father's Day on Sunday 17th June will be extra special.
The adoption charity, which supports families across the south east and beyond through outstanding adoption services, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, placed 74 children with 54 dads over the last 12 months.
One of the leading adoption charities in the country, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for those priority children who can be harder to place and can face the longest wait for their forever family. These include children over four years old, in sibling groups of two or three, of BME heritage or with additional needs.
There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.
One new PACT dad, Ralph, who has been sharing his experiences of adopting via his blog www.the-unexpected-journey.com, said he was really looking forward to celebrating Father's Day with his growing family.
Ralph said: "I cannot wait to enjoy my first Father's Day as a daddy, sharing the joy and happiness that our children bring to us. Our growing family means Father's Day this year will be even more poignant as I now better appreciate how much effort it takes to provide such a loving family."
Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, said: "We are proud to have helped so many fantastic men to become fathers through adoption over the years. We wish all our PACT dads a very happy Father's Day.
"Adopting a child, and giving them the love, security and stability of a forever family, is a wonderful thing to do, and we are always keen to hear from anyone else who thinks they can do this. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more."