TWIN girls are poised to move in to their new forever family thanks to an adoption scheme designed to find homes for children who have been waiting the longest.
The five-year-olds Katie and Emma* are about to be placed with adopters through charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) under the Its All About Me (IAAM) scheme.
The placement is PACT’s first under the IAAM scheme which is an enhanced family-finding programme by a network of seven voluntary adoption agencies (VAA).
Children who are chosen to be part of the IAAM scheme need loving and open-minded families to come forward to adopt them and give them a bright future.
As PACT celebrates its first IAAM placement, it is still looking for families for a five-year-old boy Samir* and brother and sister Sarah* (six) and Joseph* (five).
Up to 4,000 children are waiting to be adopted, with many aged three and over. For more information about children PACT is family-finding for under the IAAM scheme visit www.pactcharity.org/iaam.
PACT IAAM Manager Amanda Davies said: “PACT has always been committed to finding families for children who need adoption and we are pleased to be part of IAAM as it allows us to use innovative approaches to finding and supporting families.
“We are excited to be placing our first children with a fantastic family through the IAAM scheme and to know these children will have an opportunity to thrive and meet their potential.
“Without us identifying adoptive parents it is likely that the children would have remained in long term foster care or may have been separated.
“We have many more children who need adoptive homes and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to adopt through our specialist IAAM team at PACT.
Director for Adoption and Fostering, Shirley Elliott said: “The IAAM adoption scheme includes an enhanced support package with therapeutic assessment and services.
“We know that early intervention and a stable accepting family gives children the best opportunity to overcome any early childhood trauma and to grow in confidence and self esteem.”
All children waiting to be adopted through the IAAM scheme have a comprehensive assessment by the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) Child Care Assessment Centre. They will also receive specific therapeutic support tailored to any needs identified in the SLaM assessment, which will be provided through PACT’s award winning FACTS service.
More information about IAAM and the children waiting for adoption can be found at http://pactcharity.org/iaam
*Names have been changed to protect identities.