PACT is inviting anyone considering adoption to attend a special event where they can hear the inspirational stories of people who have already adopted.
The adoption charity is holding the event in Reading on Saturday 6th May at which prospective adopters can put their questions to a panel of PACT adopters and experts.
There will also be opportunities for people to talk individually with experienced adopters and social workers as well as to meet other prospective adopters over refreshments.
PACT supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Last year PACT placed 91 children with 58 families through its adoption services. 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, those with BME heritage or who have additional needs, and sibling groups of two or more children.
PACT is also keen to hear from people interested in Fostering for Adoption. This is a scheme where babies and young children are placed with adopters under a temporary fostering arrangement while decisions are made through the family court process about the child’s future.
The event will be held at PACT’s office on South Street, Reading from 10am until midday. It will start with a brief presentation about the adoption process. The panel of adopters, which includes a couple who adopted three siblings and a woman who adopted on her own in her 50s, will introduce themselves and there will then be around an hour of questions and answers.
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “Making the decision to adopt is a truly life-changing one, which no-one makes without a lot of careful consideration. From our experience we know that one of the best ways for anyone thinking about adoption to find out more is to talk with people who have already adopted. This event is an ideal opportunity for people to speak to some of our inspirational families and our expert staff about how people can adopt through PACT. If you are at all interested in adoption please do come along to find out more and see if this is right for you.”
The event is free to attend, but people will need to book a place by calling 0300 456 4800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.