PAC-UK: A NEW NATIONAL AGENCY TO HELP SUPPORT ADOPTION.
PAC and After Adoption Yorkshire have merged to form the largest independent adoption support agency in the country, to help and guide the 5,000 adoptions of children that take place in Britain every year.
It comes in response to the Government’s commitment to provide adopters with increased level of support. Approximately 90 per cent of adoptions are of children born in the UK. The majority will have been taken into care because of chronic neglect, abuse or other family dysfunction. By the time they are adopted they may have been moved between a number of different foster families, and their average age will be around four years.
PAC-UK will provide services from Northumberland and Sefton in the north to Hampshire, West Sussex and Devon in the south with a total of more than 100 local authorities benefiting from its expertise.
The charity’s Chief Executive Peter Sandiford, who was himself adopted, and who spent time in residential care in the 1950’s, says: “What ever your personal political views this Government, more than any other, has championed the needs of adopted children and their new families.
“PAC-UK will work with the Government, and in collaboration with other agencies, to put in place systems that ensure all people affected by adoption and other forms of permanence are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full.”
PAC-UK Chair of Trustees and an adoptive parent, Paula Newson Smith, adds: “Adoption is about giving children the best chance of family life when, through no fault of their own, they are unable to grow up within their birth families. However, adoption can come with challenges that are often underestimated.
“This is a really exciting time in adoption support services and PAC-UK, as an amicable merger of two respected charities with a successful track record, is ideally placed to grow and develop improved services across the country.”
The charity will have offices in London and Leeds and brings together a multi-disciplinary team of more than 70 staff and volunteers with an extensive range of skills and expertise in working therapeutically with children, adoptive families, other permanent carers, adopted adults and birth parents.