Charity information


High quality, innovative services which support all affected by adoption and permanency, including children and families, adults adopted/placed as children, birth family members and professionals.

Founded 1986

  • Mission statement

    PAC's mission is to provide high quality, innovative services which support and make a difference to all affected by adoption and permanency, including:
    • adoptive families and other families with permanently placed children
    • adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents and other permanent carers
    • adults adopted as children
    • birth parents and birth relatives of adopted children, and of adults adopted as children
    • professionals working in adoption and permanent care
    • others, including partners, who may feel our services would be of benefit to them

    PAC’s services include: daily Advice Line; individual counselling; family therapy; support with contact arrangements between adoptive and birth families; intermediary services for birth relatives and adopted adults; drop-ins for birth mothers whose children have been compulsorily removed; workshops, groups and seminars for all parties to adoption and permanent care; professional consultation and training.

    PAC’s counsellors are professionally qualified in counselling/psychotherapy, psychology and/or social work and have a wide range of experience and training in all aspects of adoption and permanent placement.

    PAC has particular expertise in working with minority ethnic children, families and adults and with transracially adopted children and adults.

    PAC is registered with Ofsted under the Care Standards Act 2000 as an Adoption Support Agency. In 2011 PAC received a quality rating of ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted.

  • Aims

    PAC aims to:

    • To provide for more harmonious, better functioning family and/or other relationships.
    • To provide effective and innovative training for carers and professionals.
    • To provide for relief from some of the distress concerning past attachments, losses, traumas and transitions and for a stronger sense of identity for those affected by adoption or permanence.
    • To provide for increased social inclusion for parents who lose children to adoption/other permanent placements.
    • To provide for improved outcomes for children in adoptive and other permanent placements.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1986

    Registered Charity Number: 294998

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 16

    Phone number: 020 7284 0555

    Address: 5 Torriano Mews Torriano Avenue Kentish Town London NW5 2RZ

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