PACT welcomes new scheme for adoption support

ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together has welcomed the announcement of a new government fund to provide therapeutic support for adopted children.

The £19.3 million Adoption Support Fund – currently being piloted across ten areas before being rolled out nationwide from May 2015 – helps pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it. More than 160 families have benefited from the fund and received therapy to help their children settle into their new home.

PACT has its own award-winning specialist therapeutic support service FACTS which is provided to all its adopting families and is also available to families who adopted elsewhere*.

FACTS therapists work with adopted children to overcome difficult and traumatic experiences which may have resulted from early childhood trauma and neglect. These services significantly increase the likelihood of placements having long-term success.

PACT’s Director of Adoption and Fostering Shirley Elliott said: “PACT specialises in recruiting families who are able to care for children who will have experienced a difficult start in life.

“Many of our families have had to deal with some very challenging behaviour from children who have experienced neglect or abuse prior to being adopted. Our FACTS service is key to supporting these families.”

PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are delighted that so many adoptive families are going to be able to access the therapeutic support they need through this new initiative.

“At PACT we have seen first hand the difference that the right support can make to a child’s life and their ability to settle with their new family.

“Not every adoptive family will need this level of support but it is essential that it is available to all those who do need it and where it will make a huge difference.”

PACT supports families across the London and the south through adoption, fostering, award-winning therapeutic services and community projects.

A free PACT Guide to Adoption is available from the PACT website at www.pactcharity.org/PACT-Guides along with dates of Information evenings on www.pactcharity.org/info.

Information about FACTS is available at www.pactcharity.org/facts

 

*FACTS sessions are provided free for families who have adopted or fostered through PACT thanks to the FACTS Bursary, a charitable fund set up in PACT’s centenary year in 2011. Local authorities or other adoption agencies can commission FACTS services for families who have adopted through them.