ADOPTION charity, Parents And Children Together (PACT), is hosting a talk about the It’s All About Me (IAAM) scheme which aims to find adopters for some very special children waiting to be adopted.
The talk, which is open to anyone who would like to find out more about adoption and about some of the children in the care system, will take place on Wednesday 12th November at PACT’s Old Street office at CAN Mezzanine, London, N1 6AH.
Up to 4,000 children are waiting to be adopted, with many aged three and over. 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.
PACT Director for Adoption and Fostering, Shirley Elliott said: “Children waiting to be adopted through the IAAM scheme may have experienced abuse, severe neglect or have medical concerns such as mental health issues in the wider family.
“We need adopters who are able to understand how negative early parenting affects children, or to be able to accept the uncertainty around a child’s health.
“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.
The event will include a talk by Isobel Child, who adopted her son when he was six years old. They both benefitted from the SLaM assessment and therapeutic support. Isobel will discuss some of the factors in her decision to choose her son and how the support from SLaM was vital in helping her son to thrive.
“Adopting J was the best thing I ever did,” said Isobel. “The support from SLaM was vital for me and my son and I’m excited to learn that it is a key part of the support for adopters through the IAAM scheme.
“Whilst my story is very positive, I know other cases where the adoption broke down and I was fortunate to have had the support from this expert team at an early stage.”
PACT’s IAAM team will show short films and give a first hand account of some of the children waiting to be adopted. These include:
Riley*, a two year old mixed race boy with a great sense of humour. He is already speaking clearly, counting his numbers and able to dress himself.
Emma* and Katie*, are five year old twins who are well behaved, eager to help and follow instructions. They are affectionate, playful and curious about the world around them.
Daisy*, age four and Jorden*, age three, are siblings who play well together. Daisy enjoys painting and puzzles. Jorden loves music and dancing. He has good concentration and speech for his age.
More information about these children and the scheme is available on PACT’s website www.pactcharity.org/iaam.
To book a place at this event, or to find out more about the IAAM scheme and children waiting to be adopted, please call PACT’s enquiry team on 0300 456 4800.
*Names used have been changed. Recent photos and videos of the children will be shown at the event.