Happy Mother’s Day from PACT

PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to all the mums who are celebrating this special day after adopting children through the charity.

The adoption charity, which supports families across the South East and beyond through outstanding adoption services, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, would particularly like to thank the 50 new mums who adopted children with PACT last year.

PACT was founded in 1910 after a £10 donation was made to the Bishop of Oxford to address the vulnerabilities of needy families in the Thames Valley Region.

Now one of the leading adoption charities in the country, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for those priority children who can be harder to place and can face the longest wait for their forever family. These include children over four years old, in sibling groups of two or three, of BME heritage or with additional needs.

There are currently more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted in England. Karen and Charmaine, who adopted their youngest daughter through PACT, said adoption had transformed their lives.

Charmaine said: “Before adopting my little girl, I never believed I would feel like a mum, despite how much I wanted to be one. From the moment Jessica arrived, I now can’t remember not being her mum. I feel blown away every time I hear the word. I can’t hear it enough.”

Karen added: “Mother’s Day for me is a day to reflect and say ‘we did it!’ We have formed our own, perfectly unique family and have a huge amount of love for each other.”

Liz and her husband adopted two girls through PACT. She said it was an “honour and a privilege” to become their mum.

She said: “I will never forget the first day of introductions when we walked into our girls former foster carers’ house to be greeted by one of the girls putting her arms out to me and saying, “You are my new mummy!” From that moment on I have never looked back. Every single day is an absolute honour and a privilege to be our children’s mummy.”

Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “This Mother’s Day I would like to thank all the amazing women who have adopted children with PACT over the years, particula

Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive of Parents and Children Together (PACT)

rly those who may be celebrating this special day as a mum for the first time.

“I would also like to renew our plea for anyone who is thinking about adoption as a way of starting or extending their family to get in touch. There are so many children in need of a loving mum and we would really like to hear from anyone who thinks they might be able to help.”

To find out more about adopting with PACT visit www.pactcharity.org or call 0300 456 4800.