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.