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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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How does God parent us therapeutically?

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How does God parent us therapeutically?

Exploring themes of therapeutic parenting in the Bible

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Instant Family FAQs

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Instant Family FAQs

Some answers to questions you may have around the new film Instant Family

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What the Church needs to know about building resilience

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What the Church needs to know about building resilience

Relationships are key to repairing trauma, building attachment and resilience.

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Adoption or trying for birth children – which should I do first?

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Adoption or trying for birth children – which should I do first?

All we actually know is that God has us in His hands. We can trust him for the path ahead.

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Help! My son or daughter wants to adopt!

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Help! My son or daughter wants to adopt!

We send them out into the world and hope beyond hope that they make the right choices.

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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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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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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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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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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

We want to equip the Church to better understand and support all families who provide kinship care and private fostering.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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