Services for Adopters, Prospective Adopters and other Permanent Carers

PAC-UK offers a wide range of services to adopters and permanent carers throughout the country, as well as those thinking of adopting. You may access PAC-UK’s services directly or via your local authority. PAC-UK has 75 subscribing local authorities, enabling access to some of our services at reduced rates. All of our services are eligible for purchase using your individual Adoption Support Fund, regardless of the local authority that you live in.


Correct as at 1 November 2019.

London/South

Adopt London East
Barking & Dagenham
Havering
Newham
Tower Hamlets

Adopt London North
Barnet
Camden
Enfield
Hackney
Haringey
Islington

Adopt London South
Croydon
Kingston
Lambeth
Lewisham
Merton
Richmond
Southwark
Sutton
Wandsworth

Adopt London West
Brent
Ealing
Hammersmith & Fulham
Hounslow

Coram - Ambitious for Adoption
Bromley
City of London
Harrow
Hillingdon
Kensington & Chelsea
Redbridge
Waltham Forest
Westminster

Other
Essex
Medway
Suffolk
West Sussex

Leeds/North

Adoption Counts
Cheshire East
Manchester
Salford
Stockport
Trafford

Adoption in Merseyside
Knowsley
Liverpool
Sefton
Wirral

Adopt North East
Gateshead
Newcastle upon Tyne
North Tyneside
Northumberland
South Tyneside

Adoption Now
Bolton
Blackburn with Darwen
Bury
Oldham
Rochdale
Tameside

One Adoption North & Humber
East Riding of Yorkshire
Hull City Council
North East Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire
North Yorkshire
York

One Adoption South
Barnsley
Doncaster
Rotherham
Sheffield

One Adoption West Yorkshire
Bradford
Calderdale
Kirklees
Leeds

Together for Adoption
Cheshire West & Chester
Halton
St Helen’s
Warrington
Wigan

Other
Lincolnshire CC


iStock_000023258995_DoubleWe believe adoption is a journey and each adoptive family will have different levels of need at different points on that journey. The services listed below are designed to be used flexibly by the adoptive/permanent placement family when difficulties arise. Our Adult Counselling Service helps adopted people once they are older and require individual support and advice.

We employ ONLY fully qualified and experienced psychologists and counsellors to deliver our core services. Volunteers may sometimes be used for peer mentoring or searching.

Prospective adopters

If you are thinking about adoption, working towards it, or waiting for a match, PAC-UK can offer support through:

Post placement

Adoptive parents and other permanent carers can access an extensive menu of support covering all their needs:

  • Contact PAC-UK’s specialist counsellors on our Advice Line for information or advice, and to be referred for further services
  • A parent/couple consultation or assessment may help clarify your needs (please contact us for more information)
  • Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme. A unique ten session programme within your own home (delivered either face-to-face or by Skype) to help adoptive parents build understanding and parenting skills
  • If you are concerned about your child at school, contact PAC-UK’s Education Service on our Education Advice Line
  • PAC-UK’s Child and Family Service offers intensive family therapy aiming to improve attachment and increase stability of the placement. This service is available to families with children of any age, including those who are over 18
  • PAC-UK's Peer Services are delivered by Parent Consultants (PCs), all of whom are adoptive parents themselves, are fully trained and experienced in working with families facing the challenge of parenting children with complex behaviours
  • PAC-UK hosts a range of support groups, some are for Adoptive Parents (all groups are informal, confidential and free of charge)
  • PAC-UK’s Training Service offers courses and workshops specifically for adopters and you may also be interested in attending our public seminars
  • PAC-UK’s Intermediary Service is available to help adopted adults and birth families re- establish contact
  • Life story work can be undertaken by a specialist counsellor (please contact us for more information)