Home for Good: Wokingham is seeking to find 20 foster families from across the town in the next two years. We want to be able to support local looked after children to maintain some consistency. Too often children in care have to move away from the area that they have been brought up in leaving behind family, friends, social activities and school and this is largely due to lack of foster placements available locally. We believe it is God’s heart for us to care for his vulnerable children and feel the church can make a huge difference. We want carers to reflect God’s love to others and ensure children feel loved, protected and cherished.
The aim of Home for Good: Wokingham is to raise awareness in churches across the town about the need for more foster carers and also the need to support our foster carers and adopters who do an amazing but challenging role! We would love to see more churches set up support groups and coffee mornings for foster carers and adopters.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Faith in the Community and Wokingham Borough Council. In Wokingham there is a particular need for foster carers, for short and long term placements, respite care and short breaks. There is a need for carers that can offer homes to older children, teenagers, sibling groups, children from ethnic minorities and children with additional needs.
Bethany Hare is the Project Worker for Reading and Wokingham Home for Good. She is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in fostering and adoption for five years. Bethany was previously employed by Reading Borough Council and more recently PACT Charity. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Eades is the Project Lead. She is Pastoral Care Pastor at Wycliffe Baptist Church and is a qualified Social Worker, counsellor and family mediator. Her background includes being Deputy Director of Reading Social Services. Email her at email@example.com