PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is holding a special event in Reading for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption.
The agency is inviting anyone considering adoption to come along to the event on Saturday 9th September at which a panel of PACT adopters will be sharing their adoption stories and answering questions about their experiences of adoption.
There will also be opportunities for people to talk individually with experienced adopters and PACT social workers as well as to meet other prospective adopters over refreshments.
PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Last year PACT placed 87 children with 62 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 children over four years old, sibling groups of two or more children, children with a black or minority ethnic background and children who may have physical or learning disabilities.
PACT is also keen to hear from people interested in its Foster for Adoption initiative. This involves babies and young children being placed with potential adopters under a temporary fostering arrangement while decisions are made through the family court process about the child’s future.
Karen and Charmaine, who have two adopted daughters, the youngest of whom they adopted through PACT last year, are among the adopters taking part in the panel.
Karen said: “Adoption really has shaped my life. It is without doubt, the most incredible journey I have ever been on and my wife and I now have the most beautiful life with our two adopted daughters.
“The events PACT run to find out more can be the start of an exciting and rewarding adventure. It’s a chance to meet others thinking about adopting, as well as hear from people like me and my wife about what it’s all about. It can be a very reassuring opportunity to ask all those questions you have been thinking about and find out the next step so do come along if you can.”
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick added: “This event is an ideal opportunity for anyone considering adoption to find out what this is really like from people who have already done this. If you are at all interested in starting or extending your family through adoption please do come along to hear from and speak to some of our inspirational families and expert staff to help work out if this is right for you.”
The event will be held at PACT’s office on South Street, Reading from 10am until midday. It will start with a brief presentation about the adoption process followed by the question and answer session with the panel of adopters. It is free to attend, but people will need to book a place by calling 0300 456 4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PACT is also holding an adoption information evening in London on Thursday 21st September from 6.30pm until 8pm, and an adoption drop-in session in Brighton on Friday 22nd September from 11am until 2pm.