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Adoption: Parents needed for black children

FAMILY: Potential adopters can find out more about the process at an event in Pimlico on June 16

ADOPTION CHARITY Parents And Children Together (PACT) is appealing for more people to consider adopting black and ethnic minority (BME) children.

To help potential adopters find out more the charity is holding a Q&A event in Pimlico, London on Saturday June 16 from 10am until midday featuring a panel of people who have adopted BME children through PACT.

One of the panellists is Marcia who, with her husband Ian, adopted two sisters of Caribbean family heritage. Marcia is black British with a Guyanese/Jamaican family heritage, and Ian was born in Jamaica.

Marcia said: “I just think that in their lives my girls will have 101 extra things to deal with because they are adopted so if issues over identity can be avoided, why not avoid them. For me, I am absolutely determined to do what I can to make my girls proud of who they are, and I know I can help them with that.”

PACT’s chief executive, Jan Fishwick OBE, said: “As a child, being able to identify with your main care provider, visually, culturally, historically and emotionally, will ultimately improve the chances of a more stable and enriched childhood.

“We are really keen to do what we can to reduce the time that children of BME heritage have to wait for their forever family. Please do come to our event or get in touch if you would like to find out more.”

To book a place at the Q&A event please call 0300 456 4800 or email, or to find out more about PACT see

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