Home for Good: Suffolk is a local movement of Home for Good operating across the county particularly active in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Sudbury but always looking to grow.
The group has been operational since 2014 and in September 2016 it achieved its own charity status under the organisation Transforming Futures - Suffolk. As a local movement we aim to:
We are happy to speak at church services and events about the vision of Home for Good and share the story and plans of the local movement.
We also have a number of carers who are happy to have coffee and chat to anyone in the area about what its like to be a fostering or adoptive family.
We can share practical ways churches can support families who foster, adopt or offer kinship care. Ask us about becoming a Home for Good Church. You don't need to have foster or adoptive families in your churches to support us!
Caring for children who have experienced neglect, abuse and trauma is not easy, and parents and carers have to navigate many additional requirements. Connecting with other carers can be a huge support and therefore, all families in Suffolk who foster, adopt or offer kinship care are more than welcome to take part in our regular groups and events, which reach out to the community.
We are able to offer peer advice or signpost parents and carers to professional support. Adoption UK ran training locally in response to needs, in order to help schools understand and better support our children.
We are a growing group of volunteers, who help to lead connect groups, offer support, speak at churches and help to organise events.
Melissa is the local movement Co-ordinator and area co-coordinator for Ipswich and Felixstowe. She is an adoptive mother, who also has experience of fostering.
Ben is an Area Co-ordinator. An adoptive father, he co-ordinates the activities and promotion in Lowestoft.
Paul and Louise are Area Co-ordinators for Sudbury, co-ordinating activities and promotion in their area. They have been foster carers and are now adopters.
Trish is an Area Co-ordinator. She is an adoptive mother, who co-ordinates the activities and promotion in Hadleigh and the surrounding villages.
Becky is the Area Co-ordinator for Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds, co-ordinating activities and promotion in those areas. She is an adoptive mother.