Parents and Children Together (PACT) is celebrating a successful two years building new families in the city.
PACT’s central Brighton office specialises in LGBT adoption but also welcomes heterosexual adopters. Since opening in 2014, 17 children have been placed for adoption with PACT Brighton families. 58% of adopters approved through the office so far are LGBT.
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.
This weekend PACT will host a Family Fun Day for Brighton adoptive families. This will celebrate the last two years and offers the PACT families a variety of activities including face painting, circus skills, a petting zoo, as well as a BBQ feast with refreshments for all the family.
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are delighted at the success of our Brighton office. There are 17 children who were waiting in the care system who have now been placed with their forever families as a result of our work in the area recruiting and preparing adopters.
“There are still more than 2000 children in England waiting to be adopted, so I would encourage anybody considering adoption to get in touch with PACT.
“Our Family Fun Day is a real celebration of adoption and allows adopters to build life-long support networks with families who share similar experiences, sharing their stories, and the challenges that arise from the unique situation of adoption. The children have a fun day out and meet new friends.”
PACT adopter Emily* who lives in Brighton said: “I can't recommend PACT highly enough. All the staff are friendly and supportive whilst being experts in their field. They helped me to make difficult decisions which has led to my wonderful son who is the perfect match for me.”
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 6th October 2016 and the next drop in is on Friday 4th November 2016.
To find out more about information events or download a Guide to Adoption click here. You can also enquire by telephone Monday-Friday between 10am and 3pm by calling 0300 456 4800.