PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is holding a special event in Reading for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption.
The agency is inviting anyone considering adoption to come along to the event on Saturday 21st April at which a panel of PACT adopters will be sharing their adoption stories and answering questions about their experiences of adoption.
There will also be opportunities for people to talk individually with experienced adopters and PACT 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 82 children with 57 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, sibling groups of two or more children, children with a black or minority ethnic background and children who may have additional needs.
One of the adopters taking part in the panel said: "PACT have made our dream come true by making us a family, something we thought would never happen. Adoption is a fantastic way to become a family and our journey has been nothing short of fantastic - we are so happy to be able to support PACT in recruiting new families."
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE added: “This event is an ideal opportunity for anyone considering adoption to find out what this is really like from people who have already done this. You can also ask any questions you may have and chat informally to our staff and adopters, as well as meet other prospective adopters.
“If you are at all interested in starting or extending your family through adoption please do come along to help find out if this is right for you, and if so how we can help you to do this.”
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 followed by the question and answer session with the panel of adopters. It is free to attend, but people will need to book a place by calling 0300 456 4800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org