Families of faith

PACT is one of the largest independent adoption agencies in England. In 2022-23 PACT placed 63 children with their forever family. All adopters can benefit from PACT’s adoption support services including our Strengthening Families Team, our online Children And Trauma Community Hub , our Adopter Champions team and our Family And Children Therapeutic Support (FACTS) service.

PACT approves many families of faith to become adopters and is experienced in assessing and matching adopters of all faiths and none, including prospective parents from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faith backgrounds. Last year, 22% of parents who adopted through PACT were families of faith.

Christian adoption

PACT has a long history of working with families interested in Christian adoption and have partnered with Home for Good to encourage more Christian families and those who attend church to think about growing their family through adoption. PACT staff have also been trained by Home for Good to enhance their understanding of the Christian community and any concerns they may have about the adoption process. For more information on PACT’s history and connection to the Oxford Diocese, read about our story. Home for Good is not an adoption agency, but works with PACT to make sure that Christian prospective adopters are able to explore how their faith informs their lives and motivation to adopt and to ensure that value and respect is central to this process. Recommended by Home for Good and considered ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, PACT is committed to providing a faith-friendly service and offers fantastic post-adoption support, for life.

Visit Home For Good’s website

Muslim adoption

PACT welcomes prospective parents from a Muslim faith background and provides a friendly, professional and inclusive service to everyone who makes an enquiry. In this video, PACT’s Enquiries and Placements Manager Hannah Jennings speaks with Irma Hussain and Sheikh Osman on Ramadan Radio London. They explore the history of adoption in the Islamic tradition, some of the stigma around adoption in Muslim communities, the process for adopting a child in the UK and the need for Muslims to consider adoption as a path to parenthood to enable children to be placed with families who share the faith and traditions of their birth parents. You can watch the recording in this video from Facebook or click below to view on YouTube.

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Rated outstanding by Ofsted, PACT offers all its adoptive families access to a wide range of support including training, support groups, education support, activities for children, the online support platform CATCH and PACT’s specialist therapeutic services FACTS.

If you’d like to have a chat about starting your adoption process, you can speak to one of PACT’s enquiries officers. They can give you some more information, answer any questions you may have and book you onto a PACT adoption information event where you will hear a bit more about the adoption process from PACT social workers and a PACT adopter will share their story.

Our enquiries line is open 10am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday. You can also request a call from our team by completing our enquiry form here.

This is what one parent said about adopting as a Christian:

“We came through Home for Good, that was our first point of contact and they recommended PACT to us as an agency.

We told the church family at quite an early stage that we were exploring adoption and we really asked for prayer, for wisdom and for guidance around that. And they have prayed for us all the way through, they’ve supported us practically, especially in the early days and the introductions, providing meals, supporting us with looking after the other three children and lots of other things like passing on old puzzles, clothes or things that are no longer needed.

[They’ve been] incredibly open and accepting of our little one and his particular needs and that’s just been absolutely beautiful and really lovely to bring him into the church.”

– PACT adoptive parent

Talking Adoption show

In this episode, PACT partners with Home For Good to talk to three Christian families who adopted through PACT.

To see more videos in our Talking Adoption series, click below.

View the Talking Adoption show on YouTube

Meet Grace, PACT’s Adopter Diversity Recruitment Officer

Grace speaks about her role reaching out to specific communities and encouraging more people to consider adoption.

Read about families of faith who adopted through PACT