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Home for Good creates and collates content to encourage you, including informative articles, inspirational stories, recent reports and responses to current news, and blogs based on the personal experiences of those directly involved in caring for vulnerable children. Browse our most recent content below, or use the drop-down to select the type of content you want to explore.


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Thoughts of a foster carer: Great Expectations

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Thoughts of a foster carer: Great Expectations

The festive time of year is loaded with pressure and expectations

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Harry's adoption story

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Harry's adoption story

We felt so strongly that just as adoption is God's first choice, it should be our first choice too.

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Six ideas to help you enjoy December with looked after children

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Six ideas to help you enjoy December with looked after children

Gone are the days when Christmas was celebrated over a day or two.

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Harry's fostering story

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Harry's fostering story

In the first four weeks of his life Harry had lived in three different houses with three different families.

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Why choose suffering?

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Why choose suffering?

Why would anyone choose a lifestyle that might make them susceptible to suffering?

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Homemade for Good: 980 decorations

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Homemade for Good: 980 decorations

How our Berkshire Project Worker is raising awareness through Christmas decorations.

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Foster carers, we see you...

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Foster carers, we see you...

Our thank you to all the selfless and wonderful foster carers who go above and beyond to love the children in their care.

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15 ways the Church can support foster and adoptive families through challenges and disruption

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15 ways the Church can support foster and adoptive families through challenges and disruption

Fifteen practical suggestions for providing families with the support they need through challenging times.

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Thoughts of a foster carer: Placement disruption

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Thoughts of a foster carer: Placement disruption

A friend of Home for Good shares honestly and with great courage about the pain and challenge of placement disruption.

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Supporting foster and adoptive families: 10 things the church can do

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Supporting foster and adoptive families: 10 things the church can do

The support you offer to families who care for vulnerable children will really make a difference.

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The importance of rest

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The importance of rest

Adoptive mum Lucy reflects on the value of rest and how to achieve it.

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Social work: a career length of seven years

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Social work: a career length of seven years

Julie talks with Anna, a child placement social worker.

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Supporting foster and adoptive families: 10 things that really make a difference

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Supporting foster and adoptive families: 10 things that really make a difference

The support you offer to families who care for vulnerable children will really make a difference.

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Home for Good response to the Government report ‘Fostering Better Outcomes’

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Home for Good response to the Government report ‘Fostering Better Outcomes’

Following two inquiries, the Government has now responded to all recommendations and has outlined its next steps for improving foster care in England.

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A home for good in Kent: Katy's story

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A home for good in Kent: Katy's story

Katy is only three but had known as many families in her short life. Thankfully, she now has her home for good.

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They felt this was her last chance: Coli's story

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They felt this was her last chance: Coli's story

Coli had been waiting for her adoptive family for more than a year when she was featured on ITV's This Morning to raise awareness of children who desperately needed a loving home. Coli's mum, Kate, tells her story.

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‘She has captured their hearts’: Millie’s circle of support

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‘She has captured their hearts’: Millie’s circle of support

When Millie came home for good, she wasn’t just welcomed by her adoptive parents but by siblings, wider family and friends.

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Putting God's love into action: Katie and Stuart's story

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Putting God's love into action: Katie and Stuart's story

Katie and Stuart share how God led them to fostering.

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A sense of awe and wonder: Millie’s story

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A sense of awe and wonder: Millie’s story

Millie was only a few months old when social workers begin seeking her adoptive family. Adoptive mum Rachel shares her story.

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Helping foster children to get what all kids need: Emma's story

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Helping foster children to get what all kids need: Emma's story

Emma shares about how her church is helping her foster children feel accepted, validated and loved.

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A welcome for all: Jen and Paul's story

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A welcome for all: Jen and Paul's story

Jen and Paul share their story and their heart for welcoming teenage refugees into their home.

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My foster family changed my life: Fran's story

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My foster family changed my life: Fran's story

Fran shares her beautiful and inspiring story.

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A wonderful addition to our family: Clare and Mark's story

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A wonderful addition to our family: Clare and Mark's story

Clare and Mark share how they were prompted to respond to God's call as a whole family.

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Fill it with something worthwhile: Sandra and Harry's story

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Fill it with something worthwhile: Sandra and Harry's story

Sandra and Harry share about their realisation that they could be part of the solution.

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We had seven children - but God gave us space for more: Lynn and Simon's story

We had seven children - but God gave us space for more: Lynn and Simon's story

Lynn and Simon share their story of opening up their home and caring for two unaccompanied asylum-seeking teenage girls.

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Making room: Sarah and Robert's story

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Making room: Sarah and Robert's story

Sarah and Robert share their story of making room for vulnerable children through fostering.

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'Because you look after me': Julia's story

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'Because you look after me': Julia's story

Julia shares her story of adopting her son as a single person and how they have made it through challenges together, with a great support network around them.

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Finding family in the UK: Kamal's story

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Finding family in the UK: Kamal's story

It took Kamal seven months to reach Calais after he had to leave his home in Sudan at just fourteen years old. After finally arriving in England, Kamal went to live with Laura and her family.

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Holding on for our children: Lisa's story

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Holding on for our children: Lisa's story

Lisa was challenged by our call to care for vulnerable children and went on to adopt siblings.

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Together in a home for good: Meli and Satya's story

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Together in a home for good: Meli and Satya's story

A year ago, sisters Meli and Satya were living apart from each other in separate foster placements - now they are together in their home for good.

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The ordinary extraordinary: Anna's story

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The ordinary extraordinary: Anna's story

Anna used to think fostering was only for 'extraordinary' people, but through Home for Good she came to realise that she could do it too.

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Safe in a good home: Molly's story

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Safe in a good home: Molly's story

Molly was just a few hours old when she was placed with foster carers Lewis and Caroline.

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Kev's story

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Kev's story

Kev shares how his experience of adoption has led him to open his home.

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Mark's story

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Mark's story

Mark shares his story of being a dad through birth, adoption and fostering.

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Fostering a teenage refugee: Zara's story

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Fostering a teenage refugee: Zara's story

Zara shares her story of fostering an unaccompanied Eritrean teenager.

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Responding to the need: Kevin's story

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Responding to the need: Kevin's story

Kevin shares his story of responding to the need for foster carers in his area.

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Why support groups matter and how to make them happen: Melissa’s story

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Why support groups matter and how to make them happen: Melissa’s story

Melissa shares her experience of support groups

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Alex's story

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Alex's story

Alex tells the story of fostering an unaccompanied Syrian boy.

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The Robinson's story

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The Robinson's story

Earl and Rebecca's adoption journey began in the US and finished in the UK.

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The Robinson's church story

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The Robinson's church story

Earl and Rebecca's church tells us about their experience of welcoming their adoptive daughters.

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Caroline's story

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Caroline's story

Caroline and her husband decided to adopt after an Adoption Sunday at their church.

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Yeovil Family Church's story

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Yeovil Family Church's story

Yeovil Family Church has hosted Adoption Sunday for two years, and has seen families choose to foster, adopt and support.

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John and Paula's story

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John and Paula's story

In their late fifties, John and Paula began caring for a mother and her baby.

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Jim and Pam's story

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Jim and Pam's story

After a break from fostering, Jim and Pam decided to give it another go - one placement at a time.

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Jason and Debbie's story

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Jason and Debbie's story

Jason and Debbie reflect on real hospitality and fostering.

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Christine's story

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Christine's story

Despite the heartache, Christine and her family say that fostering is the best decision they've made.

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Ruth's story

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Ruth's story

Ruth and her husband wanted to adopt siblings to make a difference in children’s lives.

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Naomi's story

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Naomi's story

Through her family’s decision to become foster carers, Naomi has gained a brother.

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Carl and Caren's story

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Carl and Caren's story

Carl and Caren can see God working through their whole family through fostering.

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What the Church needs to know about kinship care and how to support caring families

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What the Church needs to know about kinship care and how to support caring families

For kinship care week 2018, we want to equip the Church to better understand and support all families who provide kinship care and private fostering.

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Court rules government acted unlawfully in treatment of unaccompanied children – but it’s not too late for you to play your part

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Court rules government acted unlawfully in treatment of unaccompanied children – but it’s not too late for you to play your part

The Supreme Court ruled that the Government had acted unlawfully by failing to provide adequate reasons for rejecting applications to the Dubs scheme.

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Prime Minister welcomes church action on fostering and adoption and commends role of Home for Good

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Prime Minister welcomes church action on fostering and adoption and commends role of Home for Good

A review of the Conservative Party Conference annual church service on 30 September 2018.

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What the Church needs to know about invisible needs

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What the Church needs to know about invisible needs

Every Sunday, thousands of children go to church with complex additional needs that aren't as visible.

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It started with weekends: Ethan's story

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It started with weekends: Ethan's story

Ethan was in short-term foster care waiting for his home for good through long-term fostering. Foster carer Jane shares his story.

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Why Jesus blessing the children isn't a 'nice' story

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Why Jesus blessing the children isn't a 'nice' story

Jesus blessing the children cannot be contained by the word ‘nice’.

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What the Church needs to know about infertility

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What the Church needs to know about infertility

Infertility has been much misunderstood in Christian culture and in the Church.

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Not on my watch: Father's Day 2018

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Not on my watch: Father's Day 2018

Krish Kandiah offers an inspirational call to men for Father's Day 2018.

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Adoption: The Myth and the Reality

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Adoption: The Myth and the Reality

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the adoption statistic headlines last week.

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Fast Forward Five Years

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Fast Forward Five Years

The story of one individual's journey from a San Diego firepit to becoming a fostering family of five.

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Looking suffering in the eye

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Looking suffering in the eye

Lucy shares from personal experience and Biblical reflection about how suffering is a part of adoption.

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Why are we waiting?

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Why are we waiting?

Many individuals and families have been approved to adopt, but are now waiting for their match. Why is this?

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Why we choose to wait

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Why we choose to wait

Given the current situation of many adopters waiting, we asked a friend to write about her experience.

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Whose care do care leavers leave?

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Whose care do care leavers leave?

In what world could the words corporate and parent ever be joined together? In the life of a child in care, that’s where.

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20 ways to engage and support children and young people with attachment difficulties

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20 ways to engage and support children and young people with attachment difficulties

Twenty important and practical suggestions to consider.

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What the Church needs to know about attachment

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What the Church needs to know about attachment

To be safe and welcoming, it is vital that churches understand attachment.

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The Madlug Story

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The Madlug Story

Madlug is a lifestyle brand with a difference. For every purchase, they give a bag to a child in care.

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Reflections from a Foster Carer: What is right and what is easy

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Reflections from a Foster Carer: What is right and what is easy

A foster carer shares her heart and reflects on her role.

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What the Church needs to know about confidentiality

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What the Church needs to know about confidentiality

To be safe and welcoming, it is vital that churches understand and respect the need for confidentiality.

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Ten ways you can support foster carers… written by foster carers

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Ten ways you can support foster carers… written by foster carers

Suggestions from foster carers for ten support ideas specific to fostering.

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What the Church needs to know about parenting vulnerable children

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What the Church needs to know about parenting vulnerable children

Understanding why and how parenting may need to be different when caring for vulnerable children.

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Making sense of introductions

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Making sense of introductions

What are 'introductions', why do they matter and how can we support adopters and foster carers who are going through this process.

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A Reflection for World Social Work Day

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A Reflection for World Social Work Day

Taking a moment to recognise all that social workers do in their role working with looked after children.

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What the Church needs to know about FASD

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What the Church needs to know about FASD

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a reality for many looked after children and their families.

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What the Church needs to know about moves

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What the Church needs to know about moves

Why 'moves' matter and how to support foster and adoptive families through times of transition.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Jo's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Jo's Story

Jo shares her mother heart and explains how this fuels her life, work and care for others.

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 2: Identity

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 2: Identity

Exploring the ongoing identity challenges many looked after children may have.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Anya's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Anya's Story

As we celebrate motherhood in all its wonderful forms, Anya shares her story of being a mum of three children, who each joined her family in different ways.

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A response to the Catholic Church's apology

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A response to the Catholic Church's apology

Looking at some of the changes in adoption over recent decades and remembering the pain behind every adoption story.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: An adoptive mother's story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: An adoptive mother's story

Esther shares honestly about becoming a mother for the second time, and her heart for her precious adopted daughter.

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 1: Family

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 1: Family

Exploring family and all its complicated and wonderful variations from Exodus 1 and 2.

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Five ways to support foster and adoptive families at Christmas

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Five ways to support foster and adoptive families at Christmas

Christmas can be full of joy and festive fun, but also brings difficulties for looked after or adopted children.

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Five ways we can all #SupportAdoption

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Five ways we can all #SupportAdoption

As part of National Adoption Week 2018 we want to encourage everyone to #SupportAdoption

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Kirsty's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Kirsty's Story

Kirsty writes about the tension of leaving in the 'not yet' of motherhood, and explores how this can shape her 'now'.

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Thoughts of an adopter: Things I worry about

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Thoughts of an adopter: Things I worry about

A new adoptive mum reflects on her experiences and the things that concern her.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Julie's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Julie's Story

Julie offers emergency and respite foster care as a single carer, and she shares her courageous story of responding to the need that grieves her heart.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Ruth's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Ruth's Story

Ruth shares her story of being a 'mother to many'.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Amy's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Amy's Story

Amy writes about her journey to motherhood, and looks forward to her first Mother's Day.

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Supporting fostered and adopted children and young people in church groups

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Supporting fostered and adopted children and young people in church groups

Tips and guidelines on how to support fostered and adopted children and young people.

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A prayer for Good Friday

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A prayer for Good Friday

Lord Jesus, today we think of you...

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Joy's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Joy's Story

Foster carer Joy shares her heart for welcoming children into her family and being the mother they need.

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A reflection for Easter Saturday

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A reflection for Easter Saturday

The Bible is very quiet about that Saturday... It must have been a very dark day for those who lived it.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Esther's Story

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Esther's Story

An adoptive mother writes about some of the challenges her family faces around Mother's Day.

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Turning the question around

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Turning the question around

“Have you thought about adoption?” This phrase has run through my head a lot in the past week. If I’m being completely honest, it runs through my head pretty regularly. I do think about it. I am thinking about it.

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Five things to ask foster carers or adoptive parents (and three questions to avoid)

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Five things to ask foster carers or adoptive parents (and three questions to avoid)

Five questions that might help you better support foster or adoptive families

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Why we value support groups and would love to see more of them

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Why we value support groups and would love to see more of them

Caring for vulnerable children is rarely easy, which is why support really matters.

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Five things to think about when speaking on adoption and fostering

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Five things to think about when speaking on adoption and fostering

Dr Tim Davy offers five helpful suggestions for anyone preparing to speak on adoption and fostering.

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 3: Support

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Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 3: Support

Exploring what support for foster and adoptive families could look like.

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Churches as supportive communities – how Easter confronts us

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Churches as supportive communities – how Easter confronts us

How can churches become the kind of supportive, loving communities that are so needed by many who have fostered or adopted? How do we ensure we provide a place of hope and support when people feel isolated and overwhelmed?

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'I'd like to foster but I couldn't let them go...'

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'I'd like to foster but I couldn't let them go...'

Whenever I mention I am a foster carer, nine times out of ten I hear a version of this statement in response.

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Waiting...and celebrating

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Waiting...and celebrating

An adoptive parent's reflections on what it means to celebrate.

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What the Church needs to know about the real impact of support

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What the Church needs to know about the real impact of support

How the Church can support foster and adoptive families and the difference it makes.

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What is success?

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What is success?

An adoptive mother reflects on what worldly 'success' and academic achievement really means for looked after and adopted children.

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‘My Mum thought fostering would ruin my chances of meeting someone…’

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‘My Mum thought fostering would ruin my chances of meeting someone…’

Julie, one of our wonderful champions, talks with her friend Alison about being a single foster carer.

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What is a home for good?

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What is a home for good?

An overview of different children's and young people's experiences and explanation of the types of care they may need.

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What the Church needs to know about trauma

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What the Church needs to know about trauma

Helping us to understand that all children in care or with a care background have experienced trauma, and how we can respond to support them.

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10 things you can do to support foster and adoptive families in the summer

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10 things you can do to support foster and adoptive families in the summer

Ten ideas of small things you can do this summer, which might make a big difference to those who foster or adopt.

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York families respond to God's heart for young refugees

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York families respond to God's heart for young refugees

The extraordinary story of families in York responding to God's call to open their hearts and homes to young refugees.

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Everyone needs a village

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Everyone needs a village

A foster carer reflects on persevering through challenges.

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Ten ways to pray for new adoptive families

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Ten ways to pray for new adoptive families

Ten ways to pray for new adoptive families during their introductions and early days together.

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I wait

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I wait

A foster carer reflects on persevering through challenges.

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Five times we should never say the word ‘just’ (and what to say instead)

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Five times we should never say the word ‘just’ (and what to say instead)

For being such a tiny little word, ‘just’ carries with it some enormous connotations. Here are five examples of times that we need to avoid saying it – and suggestions for what we could say instead.

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How to stay calm in the chaos

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How to stay calm in the chaos

Five tips from foster carers for holding on in the midst of the chaotic and unplanned moments.

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All the single carers, put your hands up!

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All the single carers, put your hands up!

Julie shares from her experiences as a single foster carer.

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What the Church needs to know about single adopters

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What the Church needs to know about single adopters

A growing number of those sensing God's call to adopt are single, so here are some thoughts from single adopters so we can better understand and support each one.

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Everyone has a role. So what's mine?

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Everyone has a role. So what's mine?

Julie reflects on the role that the Church can have in the lives of vulnerable children.

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Preparing birth children for an adopted sibling

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Preparing birth children for an adopted sibling

Lucy shares some practical tips from her personal experience of adopting after having birth children.

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Response to Northern Ireland Consultation

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Response to Northern Ireland Consultation

Home for Good's response response to Northern Ireland Consultation on ‘Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives

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Five things to ask prospective parliamentary candidates in your constituency

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Five things to ask prospective parliamentary candidates in your constituency

As the 2017 general election approaches, we suggest five questions that you could ask your parliamentary candidates.

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Reflections from a prospective foster carer: A big decision

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Reflections from a prospective foster carer: A big decision

For Foster Care Fortnight 2017, we asked foster carers for their thoughts.

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A Manifesto for Vulnerable Children

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A Manifesto for Vulnerable Children

Following the 2017 general election, our manifesto for the new Government.

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Father's Day: Our first Father

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Father's Day: Our first Father

Our thoughts for Father's Day 2017

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Reflections from a foster carer: Diary of introductions

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Reflections from a foster carer: Diary of introductions

For Foster Care Fortnight 2017, we asked foster carers for their thoughts.

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Reflections from a foster carer: The magic wand

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Reflections from a foster carer: The magic wand

For Foster Care Fortnight 2017, we asked foster carers for their thoughts.

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The truth about motherhood

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The truth about motherhood

A reflection for Mother's Day 2017

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Adoption Sunday 2014

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Adoption Sunday 2014

Hundreds of churches took part in Adoption Sunday 2014. Read some of their stories here.

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Film resource: Pete's Dragon (2016)

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Film resource: Pete's Dragon (2016)

Find out more about Pete's Dragon, Disney's latest live-action family film about an orphan and his dragon.

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Film resource: Finding Dory

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Film resource: Finding Dory

Disney's latest film is beautiful and hilarious - but not for 93,000 children in the UK.

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100km non-stop walk around Leeds

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100km non-stop walk around Leeds

Gateway church in Leeds takes on a mammoth challenge in aid of Home for Good.

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Reflection 5: Changing futures

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Reflection 5: Changing futures

Our final advent reflection considers the cost of serving God however He asks.

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Reflection 4: Trusting to fulfilment

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Reflection 4: Trusting to fulfilment

Our fourth advent reflection looks at Luke 2.6-7.

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Reflection 3: Making ready

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Reflection 3: Making ready

Our third advent reflection considers how Mary and Joseph reacted to the promises spoken over them.

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Reflection 2: Faithfully preparing

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Reflection 2: Faithfully preparing

Could this advent be the beginning of your journey?

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Reflection 1: Seed of an idea

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Reflection 1: Seed of an idea

Could this advent be the beginning of your journey?

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PEACE in our waiting

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PEACE in our waiting

The final reflection written for Advent 2015, focussed on PEACE in our waiting, found in Jesus.

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WISDOM in our waiting

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WISDOM in our waiting

The third of our reflections written for Advent 2015, focussed on the Magi and WISDOM in our waiting.

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JOY in our waiting

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JOY in our waiting

The second of our reflections written for Advent 2015, focussed on the shepherds and JOY in our waiting.

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HOPE in our waiting

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HOPE in our waiting

The first of our reflections written for Advent 2015, focussed on Mary and HOPE in our waiting.

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part four

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part four

Reason four: Because, at our best, it is what we have always done.

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part three

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part three

Reason three: Because it explains, expresses and celebrates who we are.

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part one

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Four reasons fostering and adoption are in the DNA of the Church - part one

Reason one: Because of God's heart for the vulnerable.

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