PACT is calling for prospective parents in the Brighton area to find out more about adoption.
PACT offers outstanding adoption services to families across the South East, last year placing 87 children with 62 families. There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England.
PACT is particularly looking for couples or single people, including those from the LGBT community, who can consider adopting children over four years old, sibling groups of two or more children, children with a black or minority ethnic background and those who may have physical or learning disabilities.
The agency’s office in central Brighton is holding a series of events this month and next to encourage people in the area to consider adoption.
As part of this awareness-raising PACT will be taking part in Brighton Pride on Saturday 5 August and will have a stand in Preston Park from midday where social workers will be on hand to chat to anyone interested in adoption.
The Brighton office, which specialises in LGBT adoption but also welcomes heterosexual adopters, is also holding an information evening in Brighton on Wednesday 23 August from 6.30pm until 8pm at which people can find out more about the process of adoption and hear from people who have adopted through PACT.
People can also find out more at an adoption drop-in session on Friday 22 September from 11am until 2pm at the Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton.
Mark and Laurence adopted a sister and brother, aged eight and six, through PACT last year.
The couple, who live in the Brighton area, said they chose to adopt through PACT because of the support and training it offered before, during and post adoption and because of the agency’s experience of placing children with LGBT adopters.
They said: “Life with our children is fantastic! After 18 months, as we look back on past photographs and videos it is amazing to see the progress that they have made in all aspects of their lives and how we as a couple have strengthened our relationship together. We no longer have quiet lives, lie-ins or nights out clubbing, but this has been replaced with our beautiful family and all the experiences that go with that, such as attending their nativities, Christmas celebrations, family holidays, putting teeth out for the tooth fairy, hosting birthday parties and many more.
“We couldn’t imagine our lives without children now and it all started with an initial enquiry with PACT. This has been an amazing journey for us and if it is something that you are considering, when the time is right for you, PACT will be there to hold your hand throughout every stage.”
PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick added: “The events coming up in Brighton are an ideal opportunity for anyone in the area who is thinking about adoption as a way of starting or extending their family to find out more. Our teams at these events will be very happy to answer any questions you have and to explain the services and support that we can offer to people who would like to give a secure and loving home to a child in care.”
For further information, or to book a place at the information evening, call 0300 456 4800 (lines are open 10am-3pm Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more about PACT, and download a guide to adoption, at www.pactcharity.org