First Family helps birth parents and relatives dealing with the consequences of a child no longer being with them or the possibility of it happening in the future.
October 2015 - National adoption support charity PAC-UK has announced the new name of its birth parent and relative service which was unveiled at the PAC-UK launch in Leeds on 1 October 2015.
The First Family Service is designed to help birth parents and relatives come to terms with decisions that they often feel are out of their control, explaining the confusing process of adoption and what that means for parent and child – now and in the future.
PAC-UK’s team of trained counsellors look at the reasons why a child has been removed and what needs to change for subsequent children to remain with their birth family. The service offers face-to-face and telephone counselling in addition to an intermediary service and groups for birth mothers.
Peter Sandiford, CEO of PAC-UK said: “PAC-UK helps thousands of people every year including birth parents and other relatives who are dealing with the consequences of adoption. We’ve had positive feedback from First Family service users who have been able to come to terms with the loss of a child through adoption or permanent placement and understand their situation better.
“All PAC-UK services are designed to help those who are affected by adoption including parents, children, carers, guardians and professionals. If you are a birth parent or relative or know someone who might be struggling, please contact our advice line for help and support.”
PAC-UK provides a range of services to parents, carers, guardians and professionals who care for looked after, adopted or otherwise permanently placed children in their care. To find out more about PAC-UK’s education, children and adult support services click here.
PAC-UK was formed on 1 October 2014 as a result of an amicable merger between PAC and After Adoption Yorkshire (AAY), to become the largest independent adoption support agency in the country.
PAC-UK improves the lives of families and individuals affected by adoption and other forms of permanence by providing access to a range of individually tailored services and appropriate support depending on need. They bring 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.