PACT has launched a new-look scheme to help find new homes for older children in care. PACT can dual-approve carers to both foster and adopt and provide a home for older children who need extensive therapeutic support before they can be permanently adopted.
Here is a film about PACT's Dual Approval Scheme.
Satwinder Sandhu, PACT Director for Adoption and Fostering, unveiled the scheme in July at BAAF’s Conference on Concurrent Planning in London.
He explained that PACT’s dual approval scheme aims to help the older children in care, from around age six upwards, who are unlikely to be adopted and may need extensive therapeutic parenting before adoption can be considered.
PACT recruits people with the skills and experience to love and nurture children with complex needs who can, in time, become a permanent member of their family.
Satwinder said: “The dual approval scheme run by PACT can offer older children in care a successful route to a forever family, even when their age or needs deter prospective adopters.
“PACT’s extensive therapeutic services, FACTS (Fostering and Adoption Consultation and Therapeutic Support), have helped severely traumatised children to express their feelings, come to terms with their early life experiences and to ultimately form successful attachments with their new carers.
“When the bond is strong enough and the child is ready, PACT’s team guide the family through the steps to adoption.”
PACT is a member of the CVAA, Consortium for Voluntary Adoption Agencies.
For more information about PACT’s fostering and adoption services, including Dual Approval, phone Lorraine on 020 7592 3923.