Adoption charities merge under Parents and Children Together umbrella

Pact takeover of Childlink prompted by latter's financial difficulties


Financial problems at Childlink Adoption Society has prompted a merger with adoption charity Parents and Children Together.

The move has resulted in one managerial redundancy from Childlink’s staff of 10. Caroline Hesslegrave, chief executive of Childlink, took retirement prior to the merger.

Satwinder Sandhu, director of adoption and permanence services at PACT, said Childlink had been having financial difficulties. He said it would have gone into administration if it had not been taken over by Pact, which employs more than 150 staff.

Sandhu said there would be no further redundancies at either organisation.

The new organisation will use Pact’s name and Jan Fishwick, Pact's chief executive, will remain in charge.

The merger took place on 19 August, at which time files for families who had been adopting through Childlink in London were transferred to Reading-based Pact. Sandhu said families who are joining PACT from Childlink will be working with the same staff that they were in contact with before.

Staff from Childlink will work from a new London office in Pimlico from 1 September. They will stay in their current office in Clapham until then.

Pact, which has worked in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, hopes to expand its work into London.

No one from Childlink was available for comment.

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