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  • 12th June 2014

    A special Father's Day for 69 new dads thanks to PACT

    69 new dads and 83 children will celebrate Father's Day together for the first time thanks to adoption through PACT.12 Jun 2014 FATHER’S Day on 15th June will be extra special for 69 new dads across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, London and the Thames Valley who have adopted their children through PACT. Adoption orders were granted to many PACT families over the past year including17 new dads to 22 children in Berkshire5 new dads in to 8 children in Oxfordshire10 new dads to 12 children in London4 new dads to 4 children in Buckinghamshire15 new dads to 16 children in Hampshire3 new dads to 3 children in Surrey One new PACT dad, Rob from Marlow, said: “I’m really looking forward to my first Father’s Day. As a single parent, I’m relying on my son’s grandmother to organise a card and present and we are going to his nursery on Saturday for a Father’s Day Celebration. I can’t wait.” Another PACT dad, Michael, and his wife have a birth daughter and adopted their son in 2013 to complete their family. Michael, from London, said:  “Father’s Day for me is one of my best days of the year. Not only do I get to spend the day with my wife and beautiful children but I will have the added benefit of been spoiled rotten by them all. “Best of all it will be a day about family and that has been made all the more special by the fact that our family is now complete. I am blessed that whatever we decide to do on Father’s Day, I will continue to enjoy every day with my family.” Satwinder Sandhu, PACT Adoption and Fostering Director, said “Congratulations to all the dads celebrating Father’s Day after adopting their children. “PACT has helped hundreds of men to create or extend their family over recent years. We encourage any men thinking about adoption to get in touch to find out more and to attend a PACT information event to hear from a family who have been through the process describe their joy at being a parent through adoption.” PACT welcomes single men, as well as those in a relationship. Between June 2013 and May 2014, adoption orders have been granted for children adopted by 69 men, including six in same sex couples and one single man. PACT provides lots of support before, during and after the adoption assessment and matching process including award winning therapeutic support.” To find out more call 0300 456 4800, come to a PACT adoption information event or visit a PACT information stand: - Tuesday 1st July, 6.30 – 8pm, PACT’s office, 9 Southern Court, South Street, ReadingSaturday 19th and Sunday 22nd July, Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell ParkTuesday 22nd July, 6.30 – 8pm, PACT office, CMS, Oxford, OX4 6BZWednesday 30th July, 6.30 – 8pm, PACT office, CAN Mezzanine, 49-51 East Street, London, N1 6AHSaturday 2nd August, Brighton Pride, Preston Park, from 12 noonSaturday 9th August, Tasty Africa Food festival, Brixton Market, 10 – 4pmFriday 29th – Sunday 31st August, Big Feastival, CotswoldsSaturday 30th August, Reading Pride, Kings Meadows, from 12 noon All details of PACT’s information events are listed at www.pactcharity.org/info

  • 23rd May 2014

    Endorsement for PACT as charity partner from Reading Buses

    A CHILDREN'S charity has received a glowing endorsement from Reading Buses following a 12-month successful partnership.23 May 2014The bus company said it was "thrilled with its partnership" with Parents And Children Together (PACT) and would "recommend it as a chosen or favoured charity for any organisation." The partnership, which lasted for 12 months in 2013, resulted in a record-breaking £6,543 raised for PACT's work in adoption, fostering, therapeutic support and community projects for vulnerable families. It also generated 34 enquiries from Reading Buses customers who were interested in adoption. Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer James Freeman said: "Our partnership with Parents And Children Together ended after a fantastic, and eye-opening, 12 months. Indeed, it only ended due to our policy of changing our chosen charity each year. "During the partnership, PACT were engaging, enthusiastic and full of ideas how to do more activities to not only raise money, but to raise the profile of both organisations. They showed us that the true value of being their partner was about engaging with our own customers and raising the profile of their charity. "PACT were always willing to get involved, whether it was activities we had planned jointly, or even something that one of our staff had done on the spur of the moment. "The joint use of press contacts from both organisations meant that all our activities were covered in the local press. Joint promotion through newsletters and website also saw our messages reach a large proportion of the Reading populace – something neither organisation could have achieved on their own. "We helped to raise the profile of PACT in the local area with lots of our customers showing high recognition for the charity throughout our partnership. And PACT helped raise our profile as a local operator trying to do some good in the local area and lending a much needed legitimacy to our charity work. "Overall we were thrilled with our partnership and would have no hesitation in recommending PACT to be a favoured or chosen charity for any organisation. They really are tireless in wanting to get their message across and will be a fantastic asset and partner." PACT's Fundraising Manager Laura Senior said: "Our year as Reading Buses's charity of the year was a huge success. "Many more people came to know about PACT and what we do and, as a result, we have been able to reach out to more children and families who need our help. "We are seeking new corporate partnerships for 2014 and beyond and would be willing to discuss opportunities with any companies that would like to work with us." A report into the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of PACT’s domestic adoption service found that each adoptive placement delivers a social return of more than £1m.* Laura Senior can be contacted on 0118 938 7600 or at laura.senior@pactcharity.org ENDS *SROI report by Baker Tilly and the Cass Business School. Further details can be found at http://www.pactcharity.org/baker_tilly_reports

  • 15th May 2014

    PACT and Adoption Focus jointly host drop-in afternoon

    TWO outstanding-rated adoption charities, Parents And Children Together (PACT) and Adoption Focus, are jointly holding a drop-in afternoon at the Moto Cherwell Valley on Saturday 17th May.15 May 2014The event will take place in the meeting rooms at the Junction 10 service station on the M40 between 1pm and 4pm. It is for people with questions or an interest in finding out more about adoption following the recent publicity on TV and BBC Radio Oxford. There are currently 6,890* children are waiting to be adopted and become part of a forever family. In 2013 more than 200 children were placed for adoption with families approved by PACT or Adoption Focus and both charities provide excellent post-adoption support. For more information about the event please visit www.pactcharity.org/info, www.adoption-focus.org.uk/events or call Francesca on 0783 3050649. *http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/adoption-map/

  • 14th May 2014

    Explore adoption with PACT at the Big Church Day Out

    OUTSTANDING- rated adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is taking a stand at the Big Church Day Out on 24th and 25th May to encourage festival-goers to consider adoption.14 May 2014The Big Church Day Out is a two-day Christian festival taking place at Wiston House in West Sussex. More than 20,000 people from all backgrounds and churches around the region will be coming together to enjoy celebrate faith and being a ‘church’ together.PACT, which was founded in 1911 by a grant from the Oxford Diocese, has placed hundreds of children with families of different faiths.Katherine and Johnathan are churchgoers who adopted three sisters through PACT in 2013.Katherine said: “We are delighted to be parents, thanks to PACT, and are fortunate to be able to give a home to these three lovely girls. Now we have such a strong bond with them, they are part of our family and it’s a privilege to be their mum.”PACT staff will have a stand in the Market Place at the Big Church Day Out where they will be able to answer questions about adoption and fostering and talk about some of the nearly 7,000 children waiting to be adopted. For more information about the Big Church Day Out visit www.bigchurchdayout.com. To find out more about adopting with PACT visit www.pactcharity.org/info or call0300 456 4800.

  • 30th April 2014

    First birthday for PACT's Family Therapy Room

    MORE than 400 sessions of specialist therapeutic support have been delivered in the first year of a special room opened by adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT).30 Apr 2014PACT’s family therapy room, based at its offices in Reading, is where adopted children and their families can receive treatment and support to address painful issues from their past. PACT’s award-winning therapeutic services – called FACTS - are provided to meet the individual needs of children and young adults who experienced developmental trauma and attachment difficulties as a result of their early life experiences. PACT believes that therapeutic intervention in the early years of placement has a significant impact on the success of the adoption. The charity’s adoption breakdown rate is less than 1% compared to the national average figure of 3.2%.* FACTS (Fostering and Adoption Consultation and Therapeutic Support) includes therapies such as counselling, art therapy, Theraplay, life story work and educational psychology. FACTS was voted “Voluntary Adoption Service of the Year” in the BAAF National Adoption Week Awards 2013. The therapy room was opened in April 2013 by rugby star Andrew Gomarsall MBE. It was opened thanks to a grant from the rugby charity Wooden Spoon. PACT’s FACTS and Placement Support Manager Linda Dawson Reid said: “The family therapy room has been a huge success with between 30 and 35 hours of therapy being delivered to families each month. “The room is a safe, calm space that offers children and their families the best environment to respond to treatment.” PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “After wanting our own therapy room for years we were thrilled to finally our first one last April and are delighted that so many families have been able to use it. “We have plans to open more therapy rooms in Oxford and London and look forward to more PACT families being able to benefit from them in the near future.” PACT supports vulnerable families through outstanding adoption services, permanent fostering, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects in London and the south east. For more information about Wooden Spoon and details of how to become a member see www.woodenspoon.com *Research by the University of Bristol and funded by the Department for Education found that 3.2% of adoptions in England were disrupted – where the child leaves the placement prematurely.

  • 29th April 2014

    Adoption information events on 8th and 12th May

    OUTSTANDING rated adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is holding a series of adoption information evenings to encourage people to open their hearts and homes to one of the 6,890* children waiting for a forever family.29 Apr 2014The first event in Reading on Thursday 8th May will include a short talk from PACT adopters Dionne and Paul who will share their personal experience of adopting. Attendees will find out more about the process and be able to ask questions.The second event, at Clapham Library on Monday 12th May, will primarily reach out to black and minority ethnic families.More than a quarter (28%*) of children waiting to be adopted have black or minority ethnicity (BME). PACT is holding this talk specifically to encourage members of these communities to consider adopting.PACT adopter Dionne said: “I have waited so long to be a mum, it’s a dream come true. I can’t thank PACT enough from the bottom of my heart for everything they have done in making my dream to be a mum become a reality.”Annette and her husband will be speaking at PACT’s adoption information event on 12th May. They will share their story about adopting their daughter, who has mixed heritage, through PACT in 2012.Annette said: “We were passionate about adopting and knew our child was out there somewhere. After a long search we met the team from PACT and immediately we knew they were perfect for us."We not only have an adorable addition to our family, we have an extended family that have supported and continue to support us in bringing up our little one. PACT is a truly amazing charity that we are eternally grateful to.”Forthcoming PACT Adoption talks:Thursday 8th May, 7 – 8.30pm, PACT Reading, 9 Southern Court, South Street, RG1 4QSMonday 12th May, 6.30 – 8pm, Adoption evening for people from black and minority ethnic communities, Clapham Library, London, SW4 7DBTuesday 3rd June, 7 – 8.30pm, PACT Oxford, CMS, Watlington Road, Cowley, OX4 6BZTuesday 10th June, 7 – 8.30pm, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, CR9 1DG For full event details or to download a PACT Guide to adoption visit www.pactcharity.org/info or call 0300 456 4800*http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/adoption-map/

  • 17th April 2014

    PACT welcomes new spotlight on adoption in the media

    Adoption will be the focus of a new four-part ITV documentary called A family of my own due to air weekly from Thursday 24th April at 9pm17 Apr 2014Parents And Children Together (PACT) welcomes this spotlight on adoption as 6,890* children wait to be adopted. The series, presented by adoptee Nicky Campbell, will feature a gay couple who thought they would never become parents. Other stories include a single mum who is adopting for the third time, a baby boy who was born withdrawing from crack cocaine, and couples who, after struggling with infertility, are finally getting close to having families of their own. PACT is an ‘Outstanding’ rated adoption charity by Ofsted, which has been helping people to adopt for over 60 years. Last year 190 children were placed with, or formally adopted by, PACT families. PACT’s Chief Executive, Jan Fishwick, said: “The programme will highlight the care and expertise that go into preparing adopters and finding children the right parents who will love and nurture them after their difficult early start. A family of my own will help to encourage more people to consider adopting and I’m especially pleased to see a variety of adopters featured in the programme. “At PACT over recent years we have seen a positive change in the numbers and range of people coming forward to adopt. We help people from different ethnic and faith backgrounds to adopt with PACT, as well as single people, lesbian and gay families, older people and those with and without children. We also help people who live with a disability or have recovered from an illness such as cancer.” PACT’s adoptive families include Dionne and Paul and Annette and Nigel, who will be speaking at forthcoming PACT Adoption Information Events. Dionne and Paul will share their personal experience of adopting at PACT’s Adoption Information Event on Thursday 8th May in Reading. PACT adopter, Dionne, said: “I have waited so long to be a mum, it’s a dream come true. I can’t thank PACT enough from the bottom of my heart for everything they have done to make my dream of becoming a mum a reality.” Annette and Nigel will be speaking at PACT’s Adoption Information Event on 12th May in Clapham. They will share their story about adopting their daughter, who has mixed heritage, through PACT in 2012. Annette said: “We were passionate about adopting and knew our child was out there somewhere. After a long search we met the team from PACT and immediately we knew they were perfect for us. We not only have an adorable addition to our family we have an extended family that have supported, and continue to support us, in bringing up our little one. PACT is a truly amazing charity that we are eternally grateful to.”Forthcoming PACT Adoption Information Events:Thursday 8th May, 7 – 8.30pm, PACT Reading, 9 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QSMonday 12th May, 6.30 – 8pm, PACT Adoption Information Event for black and minority ethnic communities, Clapham Library, London, SW4 7DBTuesday 3rd June, 7 – 8.30pm, PACT Oxford, CMS, Watlington Road, Cowley, OX4 6BZTuesday 10th June, 7 – 8.30pm, Fairfield Halls, Croydon CR9 1DG For full event details or to download a PACT Guide to adoption visit www.pactcharity.org/info or call 0300 456 4800 *http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/adoption-map/

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