30 Homes Bristol


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We've also created an information pack which further highlights our vision in finding homes for vulnerable children in Bristol.

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There is a shortage of foster carers in Bristol.

We believe that the church community is ideally placed to meet this need. In 2019 we want to find 30 new foster homes from amongst the church communities in Bristol, to see children in foster care thrive.

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Why

In 2017-18 over 900 children and young people spent time in care in Bristol. Some came into care for the first time, the majority due to neglect or abuse. For others already in care, they were living with uncertainty, not knowing whether they would they be able to return home, or whether their long-term foster family or adoptive family would be found.

Whatever their circumstances, every single one of these children and young people will have experienced trauma and loss, and is in need of a safe, stable and loving home.

Bristol is having to place a growing number of children further away from the city due to lack of foster placements locally, increasing the likelihood that they will have to move schools and travel further to see family and friends, causing even more disruption and difficulty at a time when they need consistency and support.

We want to see this change – and we believe that the church in Bristol is able to make that happen.


How

Home for Good, Müllers and Christian Action Bristol are working together in 2019 to find 30 new foster carers for Bristol City Council.

We are calling on all Christians in Bristol to consider what they can do.

Will you foster?

Will you put yourself forward to be approved to open your home to a child or siblings in need? This could be for a few days, weeks, months or even years. It will not be easy, but for such vulnerable children, the love, care and security you offer could make all the difference.

Will you be a support carer?

Will you enable someone else to foster by committing to support an individual or family in your church, becoming a ‘foster auntie or uncle’ so that they can step forward and be assured that you will help them to meet the challenges of caring?

Will you make your church a place of welcome for children and the families who care for them?

Will you host a Foundations Course, have a Home for Good speaker, or set up a stay and play support group? Could your church make the most of our Mother's Day resources or maybe host a Home for Good meal? Will you encourage your church to review its policies and procedures to make sure that they account for some of the challenges that looked after children face?


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