Home for Good
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Every day more than 50 children are taken into care in the UK. They are removed from chaotic, traumatic, abusive, neglectful or desperate situations. Some of them need a home in an emergency. Some of them need a temporary home until they can return to their families. Some of them need an occasional home to give their families a break. Some of them need a permanent home with a new forever family.
The Church is uniquely placed to offer its help to meet this need. As a large social network with involvement of large numbers of families, the Church is fertile soil for recruitment. Once carers have been through the full process of assessment, the Church could also provide an excellent community of support to wrap around families who are adopting or fostering children.
After a year of extensive consultation, with foster carers, adoptive parents, church leaders, social work professionals and fostering and adoption agencies, Care for the Family, CCPAS (The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service) and the Evangelical Alliance have launched the Home for Good initiative.
Home for Good aims to change the culture in local churches throughout the UK, to make adopting and fostering a significant part of their life and ministry. It is a fantastic opportunity for the Church to be good news in society, change our communities and transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the UK personally, pastorally or professionally. The useful insights we gained and people we connected with are now helping us as we shape this Home for Good campaign.