In 2011, the desperate shortage of foster carers and adoptive parents in the UK made headline news and several Christian leaders who were also foster carers or adoptive parents committed to work together to raise the profile of fostering and adoption within the UK Church. Throughout 2012 they consulted foster carers and adoptive parents, church leaders and social work professionals to develop a strategy, and in March 2013 the Home for Good initiative was launched.
At this stage, Home for Good was a campaign run in partnership between Care for the Family, CCPAS and Evangelical Alliance, with the aim of making fostering and adoption a significant part of the life and ministry of the Church in the UK. At the forefront of the initiative was the Home for Good book, written by Krish and Miriam Kandiah.
As the campaign gained momentum, and churches, local authorities, agencies and many committed individuals offered their support to Home for Good, it became clear that there was even more to come. The Church was recognising the need for more people to foster or adopt, and the importance of supporting families that do this, and in September 2014, Home for Good became a charity in its own right with a vision to further inspire, encourage and equip the Church for this goal.
Before the end of 2014, we launched our pathway to adoption, to find homes for the children who wait the longest, held our first annual summit, had more than 300 churches take part in Adoption Sunday, and launched our website and enquiry line.
We continued to expand throughout 2015, growing our staff team to include regional managers to cover most of England and developing more partnerships with local authorities. We had a presence at many of the major Christian conferences and festivals, and launched local movements across the country.
In September 2015, in response to the Syrian refugee crisis Home for Good asked people to consider fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children – within ten days more than 10,000 people had responded. This gave Home for Good opportunities to engage with the Government as solutions were sought as to how best provide foster care for unaccompanied minors.
At the heart of all we do is our ever-growing network of champions, who work tirelessly to put fostering and adoption on the agenda of their churches and communities. Congregations across the country are also signing up as Home for Good churches, committed to making fostering and adoption part of their ministry.
2016 has seen the first of our Professional Forums and the expansion of our work in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Our heart is to keep going, keep growing, and keep doing all we can to raise awareness and increase support.
Individuals, families, groups and churches across the UK are stepping up to help us find a home for every child who needs one. Will you stand with Home for Good and become part of our story?