Information for Children & Young People

As an adopted child or young person you may have some questions about what PAC-UK is, and what it would be like if you and your parents came to see us. The information below will hopefully answer some of your questions.

Why do families come to PAC-UK?

child 1Most children who come to PAC-UK have become part of their family through adoption. Some joined their families through fostering or special guardianship. All children who come to PAC-UK have been separated from their birth parents and from other important people in their lives.

Most children have some memories, as well as worries and other feelings about what has happened to them in the past. It’s usually quite hard to talk about these memories and feelings. This can lead to sad, angry and scared feelings staying bottled up inside.

At PAC-UK we help children to make sense of what they have been through, and to talk about some of their difficult experiences.

We also help children deal with their thoughts and feelings about being adopted (or permanently placed).

When children have problems at home and/or at school, we try to find out why, and what could be done to make things less difficult.

We help parents (or carers) too. We help them to deal with their children’s difficulties in the best possible way.

In the end we hope the whole family gets on better, and has more fun together!

What will we be doing?

child 2When you and your family come to see us, we’ll play and maybe draw and talk about things that you need help with.

After that, we’ll discuss with you who from your family will come to see us again, how many times and on which day.

If you come to see us again, you’ll always come with your parent/s (or carer/s). We’ll then continue to play, paint, write and talk about things you need help with.

And we’ll try to answer any questions you may have.

The children who come to PAC-UK

child 3We help all children. Some children are white, some are black, some are Asian, and some are mixed race. Some children have disabilities. Some were born in England, and some were born in other countries.

Children who come to PAC-UK are in families with two parents, or one parent. Sometimes children have two mums or two dads.

Some children live with grandparents, other relatives or with friends of their parents.

All families are welcome at PAC-UK.

About us

child 4PAC-UK counsellors know about adoption. They also know about fostering and special guardianship.

Families who come to PAC-UK work with one or two counsellors. The counsellors could be black or white, women or men.

We believe things can get better for you and your family.

Tell us what you think

At the end of your time with us we’ll ask you to fill in a form to let us know what you think about coming to PAC-UK.

You can also write, phone or e-mail us. Ask your parent or another adult for help if you need to.

Your thoughts are important to us.

What to do if you are not happy with your experience at PAC-UK

Tell your parent or carer what you are unhappy about.

You can also tell the counsellors who are working with you, or another adult at PAC-UK.

If you are very upset and unhappy about something at PAC-UK you can make a formal complaint.

Other people who can help you get your voice heard

Children’s Legal Centre

Children's Legal Centre
38 Great Portland Street
London W1W 8QY

Tel: 0845 120 3747 or 0207 5801664

The Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Office of the Children's Commissioner
Sanctuary Buildings
20 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT

Tel: 020 7783 8330


Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester M1 2WD

Tel: 0300 123 1231

These websites have information on other places where your voice can get heard.

The local authority that placed you will have an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) who you can talk to.

PAC-UK Information for Children and Young People (aged 8 years and older) Leaflet
PAC-UK Information for Children and Young People (aged 8 years and younger) Leaflet

Further Information

PAC-UK General Leaflet (London)
PAC-UK General Leaflet (Leeds)