More adopters needed in Brighton

ADOPTION charity Parents and Children Together (PACT) is looking to recruit more adopters from the Brighton area.

PACT has an office in central Brighton which specialises in LGBT adoption but also welcomes heterosexual adopters. PACT placed 78 children with 57 adoptive families between April 2015 and March 2016.

PACT is particularly looking for adopters interested in taking a sibling group of three or a child of Black British, Caribbean, African or Dual Heritage. These ‘priority children’ have often been waiting the longest for their forever family.

PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We have a great record of approving and placing with LGBT adopters in Brighton. Experience shows us that the LGBT community approach adoption with an open mind and are often a good match for these priority children.

“Equally we would love to hear from heterosexual couples or single people who would like to find out more about adopting a priority child or children.

“There are very few barriers to adoption so I would encourage anyone considering it in Brighton and surrounding areas to take the first steps and contact PACT.”

PACT runs frequent adoption information evenings in Brighton as well as daytime drop-ins. At these events you can find out more about the process and speak informally to a PACT social worker or adopter from the area. The next information evening takes place on 2nd June 2016 and the next drop in is on Friday 1st July 2016.

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, PACT supports its families for life through FACTS, its award-winning therapeutic support service. PACT can also offer accelerated adoption assessments to the types of adopters who are needed most, in order to speed up the adoption process.

To find out more about information events or download a Guide to Adoption visit www.pactcharity.org. You can also enquire by telephone Monday-Friday between 10am and 3pm by calling 0300 456 4800.