Will 2017 be the year you start your adoption journey?

ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) would love to hear from anyone who can provide a secure loving home to a child in care.

PACT is holding a series of information events where anyone considering adoption can find out more about what’s involved and the services it offers. Events include a session in Reading on Tuesday 21 February at 6.30pm. It is free to attend but please book a place in advance by calling 0300 456 4800.

PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Last year PACT placed 91 children with 58 PACT families through its adoption services. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.

PACT is particularly looking for couples or single people, including those from the LGBT community, who can consider adopting a child with additional needs or a sibling group of three or more.

PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “We would love to hear from you if you are thinking about embarking on a route to adopt. We understand this is a big step but getting in touch with us and attending one of our information events is a great way for you to find out more and work out if this is right for you. It could be the first step you take on an amazing journey.”

Information events are led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted through PACT. There will also be chance to ask questions and talk informally to adoption staff, and there will be information to take away and read at home.

Shirley Elliott, Head of Adoption at PACT, added: “Our experienced and approachable teams can offer help and support from day one. If you are thinking of adopting or have any questions at all about our services, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.”

You can find out more about PACT and its adoption services at www.pactcharity.org or you can speak to one of PACT’s dedicated enquiry officers by calling 0300 456 4800. Lines are open 10am-3pm Monday to Friday.