In Oxfordshire, there are over 500 children in care, which is an increase of more than 10% over the last couple of years. Oxfordshire County Council is particularly short of foster carers for children with disabilities, children aged 10+, sibling groups and for long-term placements. Young people are also being encouraged to stay in care beyond age 18.
Oxfordshire County Council has launched its Most Fostering Friendly County campaign to address this short-fall and has asked Home for Good to identify more carers from within the church community. Home for Good would love to see churches across the county rise to the challenge. There is so much that can be done, whether through people stepping forward to foster, or through supporting those who care for looked after children. Churches, too, can make themselves known as foster-friendly churches, both in the support that is provided for the children or the welcome that is extended to the carers.
In Oxfordshire, Home for Good is part of the Doorsteps Network of churches and Christian charities working with vulnerable children and their families. The network is co-ordinated by local charity Viva and was established to help churches collaborate in meeting the needs of vulnerable children on our doorstep.
Home for Good runs regular information events around Oxfordshire. Keep an eye on our South East events for details. If you would like to find out more about fostering, please call 0300 001 0995 or email Rupert at email@example.com