News from Northern Ireland

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Northern Ireland

Home for Good have had a busy few months here in Northern Ireland. We’re thrilled to be working with HSCNI Foster Care this year, supporting their recruitment of foster carers across all five Trust areas. There is a huge opportunity for Christians to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people. We recently hosted an online information event with HSCNI, exploring the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. It was a fantastic event, and since then three families have taken the next step in considering caring for these young people through fostering or supported lodgings. We’re looking forward to hosting another event in November, wherein we’ll be sharing information about supported lodgings and the need for more host families in Northern Ireland. Sign up to join us here

Our fourth online Northern Ireland Foundation Course began in September – what a joy to be able to journey with another 14 households as they explore what their role could be in caring for vulnerable children. We have had 110 people access the Foundation Course in NI since we moved it online in the Spring of 2020, and we are incredibly grateful to have the support of our amazing Champions who have helped lead these courses and shared their stories.

“We found the Foundation Course really helpful and really appreciate all that you put into it. Hearing stories from others who have fostered or adopted was so beneficial, and it has been good to develop links with others who are involved in this.”
Foundations Attendee

In local news, we’re pleased that the Adoption and Children Bill has been introduced to the Assembly and will soon be entering the Committee Stage. We at Home for Good are delighted the Bill is moving forward; legislative reform around adoption and fostering in Northern Ireland is long overdue, and this holds potential to make a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Northern Ireland, and while there’s a lot that we welcome within the Bill, we have also identified some areas where we feel it needs to go further, to enable every child to thrive. We submitted a response on behalf of Home for Good to the Committee’s call for evidence. You can read our thoughts on the bill here.

We’re really excited to be partnering with UCB Ireland over the next year to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers across Ireland and inspire individuals, families, and churches to play their part in caring for vulnerable children across the island of Ireland. Listen out for some familiar voices, and some new stories!

What can I be praying for?

We would love you to stand with us in prayer as we continue to work to find a home for every child who needs one in Northern Ireland.

  • Please continue to pray for children and young people as they navigate this time, with the uncertainties that exist following the pandemic and the changes and restrictions that are still in place. Pray for peace and stability.
  • Pray for those stepping into fostering. Pray that they will know support from their church and from Home for Good as they journey through assessments and into placements.
  • Pray for the HSCNI Foster Care teams as many social workers carrying huge caseloads. Pray that they know we are for them and support them.
  • Pray for the Church. Pray that the Church will be seen as making a significant difference in finding foster carers, and pray that as churches open up this conversation, families who foster and adopt will feel supported, championed and cared for.
Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

Head over to our Northern Ireland page to find out what is happening in the area and find all the local support groups.

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How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in Northern Ireland?

Malini Colville heads up Home for Good's work in Northern Ireland and she would love to hear from you! You can contact her through the button below.

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Date published:
15 October 2021


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