02 September 2015
Inspiring – Connecting – Equipping: the Home for Good Summit
As Home for Good celebrate their first birthday this week, the charity is looking forward to the second annual summit on Saturday, 19 September at New Life Church, Milton Keynes.
Over 300 adults and 100 children attended last year’s sell-out event held in Birmingham. It was fantastic to see so many Christians who are passionate about fostering and adoption gather under one roof, make new friends and learn more from experts in the world of fostering and adoption.
This year’s summit is set to be bigger and better. Kirsty McIntyre, Home for Good’s project manager, said: “We want this event to be about more than encouraging foster and adoptive families.
“That is a key part of it, but the summit is also a day when we can come together to inspire potential new foster carers and adoptive parents, to connect with others who are already fostering, have adopted, or are involved in re-shaping church life to include and support those who are, and to better equip those in church leadership to provide safe, welcoming environments for vulnerable children and their families.”
Keynote speakers include Rob Parsons OBE, international speaker and best-selling author who founded Care for the Family; Tania Bright, executive chair of Love146, foster carer and adoptive parent; and Sue Clifford, who along with her husband has adopted nine of the most traumatised children and whose story was featured in the BBC documentary A Home for Maisie.
Panel contributors include a range of church leaders, adoptees, social workers, therapists, foster carers and adoptive parents.
There will be three specialist seminars for grandparents, social workers and training on radio-interviews, as well as two exciting ‘meet-up’ sessions that are designed to help attendees connect with both those local to them and those with similar passions.
One of the things that makes the summit stand out from other conferences is the children’s programme run by BIG Ministries.
This was so popular last year that the programme is being extended to include pre-school aged children in addition to 5 to 11 year olds.
BIG Ministries work closely with Home for Good to ensure the programme caters for and includes children who might have additional needs.
One parent at last year’s summit said: “The children’s work was absolutely outstanding. My child has very complex needs and they were met amazingly.”
The summit is at the heart of Home for Good’s aims to change the culture in local churches throughout the UK, ensuring adopting and fostering is a significant part of their life and ministry.
It is a fantastic opportunity for the Church to demonstrate good news in society, change our communities and transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the UK whether that be personally, pastorally or professionally.