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  • 28th March 2019

    Happy Mother’s Day from PACT

    PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to all mums celebrating this special day after adopting children through the charity.The leading independent adoption agency, which supports families across the south east through outstanding adoption services, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, would particularly like to thank the 56 mums who adopted children with PACT last year.One of those new mums is Chloe*, who with her husband Dan* adopted a baby girl, Megan*, with PACT through a Foster for Adoption arrangement. This initiative aims to give stability and continuity of care as early as possible to children who are very likely to be adopted by placing them with potential adopters who are also approved as temporary foster carers while decisions are made about the child’s future by the courts.Chloe said adopting her daughter had been the best thing she had ever done.She added: “I am 100 per cent convinced she was made for us and we were made for her. I just couldn’t imagine my life without her. She is my entire world.”With more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for children in care, including those who often face the longest wait for their forever family.Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “This Mother’s Day I would like to thank all the amazing women who have adopted children with PACT, particularly those who may be celebrating this special day as a mum for the first time.”Lorna Hunt, Head of Adoption at PACT, added: “There are so many children in need of a loving mum. I would urge anyone who thinks they could give a secure and stable home to a vulnerable child to please get in touch.”To find out more about adopting with PACT see www.pactcharity.org/adoption, call 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org

  • 28th February 2019

    PACT holds special events focusing on LGBT adoption

    Adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is holding two special events for anyone interested in finding out more about LGBT adoption.As part of its support for national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week from 4th-10th March, PACT is holding a question and answer session in London on Saturday 9th March from 10am, plus an online adoption information event on Wednesday 6th March at 1pm at www.facebook.com/pactcharityPACT is one of the leading independent adoption charities in the country, offering outstanding Ofsted-rated adoption services to families across the South East. It welcomes couples or single adopters of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, and actively recruits LGBT adopters with 27 per cent of its adopters last year coming from the LGBT community. The Q&A event will feature a panel of LGBT adopters 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.Eddie, who with his partner Jody adopted two brothers through PACT, is one of the panellists at the London event. He said adoption had been “life changing” for him, and encouraged anyone thinking about starting their family through adoption to take the first step and attend a PACT information event.Eddie said: “As a gay teenager I thought my dream of becoming a parent and having a family were beyond the realms of possibility. But here I am some decades later with a wonderful family of my very own and I couldn’t be happier. Adoption has simply been life changing and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”PACT’s Head of Adoption Lorna Hunt said: “If you’re LGBT and considering adopting, please do come along to our Q&A event to hear from some of our inspirational adopters and to speak to our expert staff. And if you can’t make it to our London event then do join us for our LGBT online event which will offer an introduction to what adopting with PACT is really like.”PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE added: “We are very proud to be supporting national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week once again, and I really hope this leads to many more wonderful LGBT adopters starting their adoption journey with us.”LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is organised by New Family Social, a charity that supports LGBT adopters and foster carers. PACT adopters are entitled to become New Family Social members for life free of charge.It is free to attend PACT’s Q&A but you do need to book a place by calling 0300 456 4800 or emailing enquiries@pactcharity.orgTo find out more about adopting with PACT see www.pactcharity.org/adoption

  • 28th February 2019

    PACT recruits new Chair of Trustees

    PACT recruits new Chair of TrusteesThe successful applicant will be an ambassador for the charity, lead the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive and ensure that trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity. The Chair will support and, where appropriate, challenge the Chief Executive and ensure that the Board as a whole works in partnership with executive staff.As our Head Office is in Reading, ideally you will be based in the Thames Valley and will be able to commit an average of 2-3 days per month of your time. It is a voluntary role although travel expenses may be claimed.For full details please see our Applicant Pack, which includes information about PACT, the work we do, our plans for the year ahead, the responsibilities of the role, and the type of experience and qualities we are looking for in a candidate in order for them to flourish and succeed in this role.  To arrange an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity with the CEO and one of our trustees, please email Natalie Derkatsch, Executive Assistant to the CEO at natalie.derkatsch@pactcharity.org or call 0118 402 1698. 

  • 15th January 2019

    PACT urges prospective adopters to pick up the phone!

    ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is now opening its enquiries line during evenings and at the weekend to make it easier for anyone interested in adoption to get in touch.PACT’s enquiries line 0300 456 4800 is now open 10am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday.PACT, which offers outstanding Ofsted-rated adoption services to families across the South East, is one of the leading independent adoption charities in the country. Last year the charity helped transform the lives of 93 children by finding them adoptive families.With more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for children in care, including those who often face the longest wait for their forever family.PACT adopters can be couples or single people, of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: “We understand that making the decision to adopt is huge, and we really want to make it as easy as possible for people to take the first step to find out more. We hope that having our enquiry lines open longer, in the evenings and at weekends, when people might find it easier or have a bit more time to pick up the phone, will encourage more people to get in touch.”Lorna Hunt, Head of Adoption at PACT, added: “We have a fantastic enquiries team who are friendly and approachable, and are very happy to answer any questions you may have, talk you through the process and book you onto one of our adoption information events where you can find out more.“If you are at all interested in starting or extending your family through adoption please do pick up the phone to help find out if this is right for you and, if so, how we can help you to do this.”To find out more about adopting with PACT see www.pactcharity.org/adoption where you can download a brief guide to adoption, see the answers to some frequently asked questions about adoption, read the stories of people who have adopted with PACT and find out about PACT’s adoption information events coming up.For more information please call 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org

  • 18th December 2018

    Happy Christmas and New Year from PACT!

    Our offices in Reading, London and Brighton will be closed from 4pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will open again at 8.30am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.If you are interested in adoption, our enquiries line will re-open on Wednesday 2nd January or you can email enquiries@pactcharity.orgAlternatively, you can find out about adoption here, including details of our Information Events or our Guide to Adoption.We wish all our families and supporters a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

  • 15th November 2018

    Celebrate Christmas with PACT!

    ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) will be holding its annual Christmas Carol Concert at Dorchester Abbey on Sunday 9th December.All are welcome to attend the concert, which will feature festive readings and performances from Dorchester Abbey Choir and the Benson Military Wives Choir. There will also be opportunities for the congregation to join in with some classic Christmas carols. The concert will start at 5pm, with light refreshments served from 4pm. It is free to attend but booking is essential via www.pactcharity.org/carols PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: "Our annual Carol Concert is such a lovely way for PACT families and supporters to get together and celebrate the coming of Christmas in the stunning surroundings of Dorchester Abbey. We are all particularly looking forward to this year's event given that we had to cancel last year's due to heavy snow! All are welcome to attend, so please do join us if you can." PACT is also again selling Christmas cards in support of its work building and strengthening families. These can be ordered from www.pactcharity.org/christmas-cards And the charity is encouraging its supporters to wear their best seasonal sweater or festive accessories to help raise funds. PACT will be holding its annual Christmas Jumper Day on Tuesday 11th December and is inviting local offices, schools and churches to take part in exchange for a small donation to PACT. To find out more and how to get involved please contact fundraising@pactcharity.org

  • 14th November 2018

    PACT features on BBC Berkshire

    PACT has been featured on BBC Radio Berkshire this morning talking about the difference a £120,000 grant from BBC Children in Need has made to our work supporting adoptive families. The grant was awarded to PACT’s Strengthening Families team towards its work providing support and advice to PACT’s adoptive families.Reporter Bridgitte spoke to PACT staff, including Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE, and an adopter.You can listen back to the show here - PACT is featured at 1.46, 2.16 and 2.55 minutes in.     

  • 08th November 2018

    PACT awarded Ministry of Justice grant for new programme supporting female offenders

    PACT is delighted to have been awarded a grant by the Ministry of Justice to provide support for female offenders with experience of domestic abuse. The new programme will be delivered in partnership with Elizabeth Fry, Thames Valley Police and Reading Borough Council and will be located across Elizabeth Fry Approved Premises and Alana House (the women's centre run by PACT).The programme will include providing specialist individual support and tailored recovery programmes by a dedicated domestic abuse worker, as well as support when transitioning between services and into the community. The programme will also include support for wider needs such as skills development opportunities, and mental health support, and will launch in January 2019, running until March 2020.

  • 06th November 2018

    PACT wins Charity of the Year award

    We were absolutely thrilled to bits to be named Charity of the Year at the Pride of Reading 2018 awards.Organisers said the award was "fully deserved" and that PACT "has one of the hardest jobs of all - it helps vulnerable and traumatised children to find forever families as well as helping women and children keep safe."Category sponsors Roc Search described PACT's work over the years to help and support those looking to adopt as "incredible".Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said the award was a fantastic testament to the hard work by PACT's amazing staff and volunteers.Pictured with the award are PACT's Chief Operating Officer Natausha van Vliet, Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE and Volunteer Receptionist John Southern, who nominated PACT.