FAMILIES of faith are being encouraged to consider adopting or fostering a child in care.
Home for Good is a campaign that reaches out to Christian families and urges them to consider adoption or foster care. It encourages those who attend church to wrap around families that adopt or foster to support them.
The campaign has been raising the profile of adoption and fostering in churches throughout the UK for 18 months and has been so successful Home for Good is now being launched as a charity in its own right.
It was created by Krish Kandiah, himself an adoptive dad and foster carer, who saw the unique position the church was in to make fostering and adoption a normal part of life and meet the need of the 4,550 children who need a forever family.
The Home for Good pathway to adoption is being supported by adoption charities Parents And Children Together (PACT) and Adoption Matters.
Both organisations are committed to providing faith-friendly service and specialist post-placement therapeutic support.
Their staff have been trained by Krish Kandiah in order for them to enhance their understanding of the Christian community and any concerns they may have about the adoption process.
The partnership will be officially launched at the Home for Good Summit on Saturday 4th October at the Q3 Academy, Birmingham. Hosted by TV presenter Diane Louise Jordan, the event will have seminars and speakers to encourage, equip and inspire prospective adopters.
The summit will be followed by a series of information events from Brighton to Liverpool in the next few months. Anyone wishing to attend can call the Home for Good team on 0300 001 0995.
Krish Kandiah said: “We are calling the church to step forward and help find a Home for Good for the 4,550 children waiting for adoption.
“In order to do that with a clear conscience we wanted to be absolutely certain that adopters would have their faith valued when they went through the application process and that they would receive the best post-adoption support possible.
“So we are delighted with our partnership with Adoption Matters and PACT as we can say with confidence that both of these things are in place.”
PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “PACT was established by the Diocese of Oxford so our roots are firmly with the church.
“PACT warmly welcomes families of all faiths and sees religion as complementary to establishing and growing a family though adoption. We are proud to support and deliver the Home for Good pathway.”
Chief Executive of Adoption Matters Norman Goodwin said: “The church can be a very supportive community for adoptive families and children, and Adoption Matters’ long heritage of working as part of the church community bears testimony to this.
“We want, through this Home for Good initiative, to continue to create a brighter future for children waiting for a family.”
All churches throughout the UK are also being encouraged to take part in Adoption Sunday on Sunday 2nd November.
Further information about Home for Good is at www.homeforgood.org.uk.