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Boost for London's families as biggest adoption support partnership announced

May 21st 2020

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, 23 councils across London have joined together, as Adopt London, to commission a bespoke therapeutic support service for adoptive families and for families caring for children under Special Guardianship Orders.


Utilising part of a national £8m fund announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on 10th April, Adopt London have commissioned support that will benefit around 700 families across the capital.


Adoptionplus and PAC-UK are working in close partnership to provide therapeutic support to families struggling with the multiple challenges linked to the pandemic.


Adoptionplus is a pioneering therapeutic adoption agency which helps some of the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK find families. Since September 2018, Adoptionplus has been run in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s.


PAC-UK is the country’s largest independent adoption support agency, supporting over 5,000 people affected by adoption and permanency every year. Since December 2018, PAC-UK has been part of Family Action, a national charity committed to building stronger families and brighter lives.


Joanne Alper, Adoptionplus Director, said:


“We’re delighted to announce this ground breaking new partnership. At a time when Covid-19 is forcing people apart and many are feeling alone and isolated, 23 London councils are coming together to support families in need. The current situation is clearly difficult for many people living and working in social isolation but can be particularly challenging for families caring for children who’ve suffered abuse and trauma. That’s why it’s so important for those families to have quick access to the specialist support they need during the next few months. 


“We have always believed in the healing power of relationships and this new partnership approach to the delivery of therapeutic support is a wonderful example of the benefits this can bring. In addition to working with 23 London boroughs, Adoptionplus is also pleased to be working together with PAC-UK to provide a helpful and responsive service to families at this difficult time,” added Ms Alper.


David Holmes CBE, Family Action Chief Executive, said:

“Family Action is very pleased that our adoption support agency PAC-UK, together with Adoptionplus, are able to provide these responsive and tailored packages of immediate support to adoptive and SG families during the challenging times of Covid-19. Our combined experience and our longstanding relationships with the 23 councils within Adopt London have stood us in good stead to consider what families need most at this time and to devise therapeutic packages aimed at effectively meeting families’ requests for additional support.”       


Sue May, Head of Service, on behalf of Adopt London, said:


‘The four Adopt London regional adoption agencies are committed to providing the best possible support to all our families and are pleased to be able to further develop our partnership work with Adoptionplus and PAC-UK. We know this will provide a valuable lifeline to our families during these difficult times.”


This service will be available from 18 May 2020 until 26 September 2020 and can be accessed by calling the PAC-UK delivered Adopt London Helpline on 020 7284 5874 (open Monday to Saturday 7.00pm to 9.00pm) or the PAC-UK regular Advice Line on 020 7284 5879 (open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Wednesday and Thursday 2.00pm to 7.30pm). Families or Social workers can also refer online at or email to request a call back.


Following the initial call, families will be offered follow-up support packages from PAC-UK, and if further therapeutic support is required, Adoptionplus therapists will provide a range of different therapeutic services including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Parent Consultations, specialist support for teenagers, attachment informed sensory regulation support and couple counselling. 


About Adopt London

Adopt London comprises of four regional adoption services who undertake adoption work for 23 London Local Authorities including: Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Havering, Hounslow, Islington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.








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