Specialist therapy, advice, support, counselling and training for all affected by adoption and permanency
Our PAC-UK service is the largest independent adoption agency in the UK. With bases in London and Leeds PAC-UK has been reaching out to families and professionals from the Scottish borders to the south coast for over 30 years.
Entering adoption, Special Guardianship or another permanent placement is an important step forward in a child’s life. We understand that this is the beginning of a life-long journey, not just for the child, but also for the adoptive/permanent care family and the birth family left behind.
Our support extends to all these groups, and includes adults adopted as children who continue to find difficulties arising on their own life journey. We also offer advice to professionals working with these families in different contexts – in particular adoption social workers, school teachers and virtual school staff.
Our vision is that all those affected by adoption, Special Guardianship and other forms of permanent care are supported and enabled to live their lives to the full. The above video explains the work we do, and more information on PAC-UK services can be found on this page and the PAC-UK website.
Adoption is often considered a solely positive event that ensures a child grows up in a family, and at the same time allows the creation or extension of a family. However, years of experience have shown that adoption can be very challenging too, and for all parties involved. Adults who were adopted as children often find that they struggle with a range of specific issues for which they need support from counsellors who understand adoption. This is where PAC-UK can help.
The services that PAC-UK can offer may vary around the country. Our Advice Line will be able to help you look at what is available to you. Available services include:
Visit the Adopted Adult Support page on the PAC-UK website for more information.
PAC-UK’s Child & Family Service has extensive experience in all aspects of supporting families with adopted children or otherwise permanently placed children.
We have specific expertise in providing assessments and therapeutic interventions to families whose children experienced developmental trauma prior to their adoption/permanent placement. Available services include:
Visit the Child & Family Service page on the PAC-UK website for more information.
PAC-UK’s Education Service offers a range of services to enable schools, parents and guardians and education and social care professionals to meet the needs of children who have experienced difficult starts in life. As an education provider you can use Pupil Premium Plus to purchase any of our specialist education services:
Visit the Education Service page on the PAC-UK website for more information.
Is your child no longer with you or is there a chance this may happen? Free advice and support for birth mothers, fathers and relatives.
Our First Family Service can:
Visit the First Family Service page on the PAC-UK website for more information.
Every year PAC-UK offers a comprehensive training programme focusing on adoption and permanent placement specific topics. Some of these workshops and seminars are for professionals only, and some are specifically for parents and carers. Public seminars and conferences are open to all parties affected by adoption and permanency, including professionals.
Visit the Training Service page on the PAC-UK website for more information.
PAC-UK London Office: Family Action Head Office, 34 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GR
Office: 020 7284 0555 Advice Line: 020 7284 5879
PAC-UK Leeds Office: Hollyshaw House, 2 Hollyshaw Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 7BD
Office: 0113 264 6837 Advice Line: 0113 230 2100