Our story

PACT – Parents And Children Together – is an adoption and trauma support charity helping hundreds of families every year through outstanding adoption services, specialist therapeutic support and inspirational community projects across London and the South-East of England.  

Established in 1911 by the Bishop of Oxford, PACT is now one of the UK’s leading charities in its field and is dedicated to the placement of children with secure and loving families and continued support through therapeutic services. Our adoption support services include our online Children And Trauma Community Hub, our Strengthening Families team of therapeutically trained social workers, our Adopter Champion team of ‘experts by experience’, our education support service and our FACTS service which provides therapeutic support to help children to overcome difficulties in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood resulting from early trauma and neglect.  

PACT also runs community projects supporting vulnerable children and adults facing a range of issues including domestic abuse, homelessness and debt. Our current community projects include the Alana House women’s community programme and Bounce Back 4 Kids domestic abuse recovery programme. Our vision is to help even more families and to initiate and provide quality services where there is currently unmet need. 


The history of PACT: A century of building and strengthening families

PACT was founded more than 100 years ago when the then Bishop of Oxford, Bishop Francis Paget, held a passion to address the vulnerabilities of needy families living in the Oxford Diocesan area in 1910. He shared his concerns with other like-minded people to establish an organisation that would provide guidance and protection for children of tender years.  

The founding work

A rescue worker, Miss Sharpe, was immediately appointed by the Diocesan Council and she began visiting unmarried mothers to help them build a better life for their children. Her first report recorded visits to 52 parishes, many by bicycle, within the first six months. She helped 97 women and girls, placing some in maternity homes, houses of mercy and refuges. The Council’s remit identified the importance of education and community support to help families to escape poverty and uphold Christian family values. Parents, teachers and youth leaders were all involved to ensure social wellbeing. In those early years the organisation worked in partnership with multiple external agencies, as it still does today. 

PACT today

The focus of the charity—to support families and provide services not available locally— remains constant. The reputation and experience of the organisation has grown over the years and PACT is now an independent adoption charity with strong partnerships with many different sectors, faith organisations, statutory bodies, corporate organisations and charities, promoting an inclusive and supportive culture. PACT retains its strong affiliation with the Diocese of Oxford and is proud that The Rt. Rev the Lord The Bishop of Oxford is our patron. PACT continues to respond to unmet need by listening to its service users, supporters and stakeholders and developing innovative services that deliver high quality.

This painting was commissioned for PACTs 100 year centenary celebration in 2011 to capture the impact of PACTs work building and strengthening families over the last century



Bishop Paget established the Diocesan Council for Prevention and Rescue Work


Organisation approved as an adoption society and starts placing babies directly with adoptive families


The Oxford Moral Welfare Association (the name of the Council at that time) opens a home to support unmarried mothers, thus influencing PACT’s community projects today


Now called the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work, the organisation was restructured to find adoptive families for particularly vulnerable children


Became known as Parents And Children Together and registers to approve adopters for children from overseas as well as in the UK


Training courses provided through PACT for care sector staff seeking National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)


Fostering service started 


PACT Parent House in Bracknell opens


PACT merges with Childlink (London) and Alana House and Bounce Back 4 Kids open in Reading


Centenary Year celebrating 100 years of supporting families


PACT’s family therapy room opens in Reading


PACT opens an office for its adoption services in Brighton


Launch of The Adopter Hub, PACT’s online support platform for the adoption community


Alana House Community Café opens


Service at Reading Minster to mark International Women’s Day and 10 years of Alana House


Alana House recipe book Love, Trust, Hope published and Alana House coffee created with Anonymous Coffee and Girls Gotta Run


The Adopter Hub changes its name to the Children And Trauma Community Hub (CATCH) to reflect the wide range of people it now supports

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Our vision and values

At PACT, our shared vision and values drive everything we do.

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How we make a difference

Find out how PACT changes lives through its adoption services, support services and community projects.

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Our leadership team

Meet our Senior Management Team and our Executive Board of trustees.

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

PACT is committed to creating a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

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Ofsted inspection

PACT’s adoption services were rated as outstanding by Ofsted three times in a row in 2014, 2017 and 2023.

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Safeguarding children

PACT is committed to fulfilling its duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

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