PACT to cease intercountry adoption services

Parents And Children Together (PACT) has made the difficult decision to withdraw from its intercountry adoption services from 1st April 2016.

In light of the need for PACT to focus on its role within the Regionalisation Adoption Agenda and the current climate within intercountry adoption, PACT will sadly not be renewing contracts, with any local authority, when those in force end on 31 March 2016.

As PACT is undertaking a number of assessments, which hopefully will be finalised by September 2016, the service will continue working on these cases but will not be starting any new work regarding intercountry adoption after the 31 March 2016.

PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “PACT provides intercountry adoption services for 40 local authorities in the south and has helped hundreds of families over the years adopt children from overseas. It is with regret that we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from providing these services.

“Adopting from overseas has become increasingly complex and, although PACT has become a specialist in this area, it has become necessary for us to focus all our efforts on developing a regional adoption agency alongside our partners from local authorities to help find more adoptive families for children in the UK.”