Parents And Children Together is joining forces with adoption agencies across the UK for National Adoption Week 2019 to help find more permanent families for children waiting in care.
This year's National Adoption Week campaign takes place 14-20 October and encourages people to spread the word about the need for more adoptive families.
PACT, which offers outstanding Ofsted-rated adoption services to families across the South East, and award-winning adoption support for life, 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.
There are 2,750* children currently waiting to be adopted, with 2,020 of these children in groups that typically wait longer for a family. These are children aged five or older, of black or minority ethnic heritage, have complex health needs or a disability or part of a sibling group.
PACT's Adoption Service Director Lorna Hunt said: "This National Adoption Week PACT is urging people to do what they can to raise awareness of adoption and the need for forever families for the thousands of children waiting in care.
"Many people think that there are lots of barriers preventing them from adopting but in reality there are only a few restrictions. For example you have to be aged over 21, but there is no upper age limit, and you have to be legally resident in the UK for a minimum of 12 months.
"At PACT we welcome people from all walks of life - couples or single people, those who already have children and those who don't. We particularly welcome people of black or minority ethnic heritage, from faith communities and LGBT people.
"I would urge anyone thinking about adoption to download our free Guide to Adoption or book to come to one of our monthly Information Events in Reading, Oxford, London and West Sussex. And if you are not thinking about adoption for yourself, please help us to spread the word to others who might be."
PACT is holding Information Events on the following dates and locations:
- Oxford: Tuesday 15th October, 6.30-8pm
- Reading: Wednesday 16th October, 6.30-8pm
- London Q&A Panel: Saturday 19th October, 10am-12.30pm
- Southwick, Sussex: Tuesday 22nd October, 6.30-8pm
To attend an event, or if you have any questions about adoption, please call PACT's Enquiries Team on 0300 456 4800. Lines are open from 10am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or request a callback at www.pactcharity.org.
*as of 31 December 2018, in England.