FOR 47 dads who have adopted children through Parents And Children Together (PACT) over the last year Father’s Day on Sunday 18th June will be extra special.
The charity, which supports families across the south east and beyond through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, placed 58 children with 47 dads last year.
Jack* and his partner Matthew* became dads last October when they adopted two-year-old Ben* through PACT.
Jack described Ben as “an absolute blessing and an absolute whirlwind!”
“He is a normal toddler with buckets of energy, huge cheesy smiles, infectious giggles and eyes that you can’t be cross with! Our life now doesn’t really resemble much of the time we had before Ben. Gone are the lie ins and long Sunday lunches, replaced by endless trips to the park, buckets of wet wipes and knowing all the lyrics to all the CBeebies shows between 7am and 9am!”
Jack said he loved being a dad and life as a family of three.
“The best thing about becoming a dad is that it makes you less selfish and preoccupied with adult life. It is amazing to enjoy the world through a toddlers eyes and rekindle the magic in everyday life.
“Father’s Day will likely be the same as any other day, it will be focussed around Ben and making sure he understands the reasons we celebrate the special day. Having two dads will make sure this day is a real family day!”
Earl and his wife Rebecca have adopted their three daughters through PACT, including one-year-old Emily* earlier this year.
Earl said: “I am blessed, it’s really simple. For many years I’ve wanted to be dad; dreamed of being dad. Through the joy and opportunity of adoption I am dad to three amazing girls. Father’s Day is not a day to sit back and wonder about ‘what would it be like’, it’s a day to be dad, make memories and take a bit of time to reflect that I am truly blessed.”
Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “I would like to wish a very happy Father’s Day to all those who have become a dad through adoption. Adopting a child, and giving them the gift of a forever family, is a truly amazing thing to do.
“There are however many more children who desperately want and deserve their own permanent parents who can give them the love, security and stability they need. I would urge anyone who thinks they can help do that to get in touch with us to find out more.”
For more information about adopting with PACT see www.pactcharity.org/adoption or call 0300 456 4800.