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 2014
PACT’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.