Lesley, PACT adopter and volunteer

Lesley and her husband adopted through PACT in 2020. Since a young age, Lesley always had a heart for children in care and always wanted to consider adoption as a path to parenthood. When she discussed the subject with her husband-to-be, they realised they shared the same thoughts and values and decided to actively pursue adoption when starting their family. They chose to adopt through PACT because they could see that PACT deeply cared about the children in the care system and the organisation’s values were aligned to their own. Moreover, PACT really understood their motivation to adopt.

Since her children were placed with her and her husband, Lesley has championed adoption and supported PACT by attending information events, talking to prospective adopters about her own experiences and sharing her adoption journey. She has spoken at two excellent webinars for the online Children And Trauma Community Hub (formerly The Adopter Hub), PACT’s online platform which provides support for adopters across the country. She has also met on a one-to-one basis with people who are considering adopting through PACT to help them learn more about the adoption experience.

Lesley is a passionate advocate about parenting priority children and has recorded several video interviews with PACT to help raise awareness of the need for more adopters for sibling groups and older children, because these are the children who tend to wait the longest to find loving, permanent homes. Most recently, Lesley supported our work by talking about the benefits of adopting through a voluntary adoption agency (VAA) like PACT on our Talking Adoption series.

Lesley said: “I initially chose to support PACT due to their family focus, their passion for caring for looked after children and their heart for supporting adoptive families. I choose to continue supporting PACT because there are still so many children waiting for their forever families and PACT are doing an amazing job at helping make this happen.”

Thank you Lesley for helping us raise awareness about adoption and for deeply caring about the children waiting to be adopted; you are a PACT superstar!

If you were inspired by Lesley’s story, a great way to support PACT’s work is to make a donation. If you are an adopter and you would like to help out at PACT’s information events or share your story, please contact our Events team at events@pactcharity.org.