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How Brexit is affecting vulnerable and displaced children

How Brexit is affecting vulnerable and displaced children

What will Brexit mean for unaccompanied asylum seeking children?

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Adoption Sunday was where God told us to adopt

Adoption Sunday was where God told us to adopt

Gillian shares her story of how Adoption Sunday led her and her family on a journey to adopting the same child they had prayed for years earlier

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Ruth's story

Ruth's story

Ruth shares her reflections of fostering in Stoke on Trent

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Understanding Adolescence: Things that make a difference

Understanding Adolescence: Things that make a difference

It is not an exaggeration to say that great wraparound care for families can be life changing

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Love in action

Love in action

It is well-evidenced that trauma has a deep-rooted impact on our emotional, physical, and social development, which can impede our ability to navigate the world and feel safe.

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Digital resources for churches

Digital resources

Resources to use on your church's social media channels

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The Case for Change

The Case for Change

Another step forward in transforming children’s experience of the care system

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Brigid's story

Brigid's story

Brigid shares from her experience fostering teenagers

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All serve and no return

All serve and no return

Interactions with the children we care for are like the back-and-forths of a tennis match.

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Pushing the door

Pushing the door

Matt shares his family's story of adoption

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Understanding adolescence: What’s happening in the brain?

Understanding adolescence: What’s happening in the brain?

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are often heralded as being the most significant, in no small part because of what is happening in the brain.

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What the Church needs to know about violent behaviours

What the Church needs to know about violent behaviours

For some families caring for children who have had difficult starts in life, home can be a place where violence occurs.

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Why is summer tricky?

Why is summer tricky?

For many parents, the 6 – 7 week stretch of the school holidays can be daunting, and for those raising children who have had a tricky start in life, this is amplified. So why is it so difficult?

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Adopting a child with additional needs

Adopting a child with additional needs

Victoria shares her experience of adopting children with additional needs

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What the Church needs to know about loss

What the Church needs to know about loss

Every child coming into care experiences loss but there are things that we can do to support children and young people as they navigate living with loss

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Three things to practice this summer

Three things to practice this summer

Whatever the next few months hold for you, we want you to know we are standing with you and praying for you.

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Understanding Adolescence: Questions and Decisions

Understanding Adolescence: Questions and Decisions

All children who are fostered or have been adopted have experienced trauma, whatever the details of their story, and trauma has a profound impact on brain development.

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Prioritising teenagers

Prioritising teenagers

Teenagers in care are 80% more likely than the national average to have two or more changes of home in a year.

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Fostering teenagers - Dave's story

Fostering teenagers - Dave's story

Dave shares his experience of fostering teenagers.

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What the church needs to know about sensory processing

What the church needs to know about sensory processing

Many care-experienced children experience sensory integration difficulties – what does this mean?

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Early permanence - Ruth and Phil's story

Early permanence - Ruth and Phil's story

Ruth and Phil share their experience of concurrent care fostering.

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Parent and child fostering - a foster carer's story

Parent and child fostering - a foster carer's story

A foster carer shares her families experience of parent and child fostering.

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Father's Day

Making a difference

Father's Day resources for your church service

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Respite fostering - foster carers' stories

Respite fostering - foster carers' stories

Foster carers share their experience of respite foster care.

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Short break fostering - Rob and Lisa's story

Short break fostering - Rob and Lisa's story

Rob and Lisa share their experience of short break fostering.

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Short-term fostering - Wendy and David's story

Short-term fostering - Wendy and David's story

Wendy and David share their story of being short-term foster carers.

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Long-term fostering - Isobel's story

Long-term fostering - Isobel's story

Isobel shares her experience of long-term foster care

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Glimmers of Hope

Glimmers of Hope

Dave shares his family story of welcoming in a teenage foster daughter

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The new APPG inquiry is underway

The new APPG inquiry is underway

In response to the independent review of Children’s Social Care in England, the APPG for Adoption and Permanence launched a new inquiry called Strengthening Families.

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David's story

David's story

David shares how fostering has taught him about the Father heart of God

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Emergency fostering - Tracy and Wayne's story

Emergency fostering - Tracy and Wayne's story

Tracy and Wayne share their experience of emergency foster care

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Legacy

Leave a legacy

Do something today for their tomorrow.

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Foundations Course - Students and Young Adults

Foundations Course - Students and Young Adults

4 sessions, Wednesdays 3 - 24 November

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Rethinking our Approach to Older Children in Care

Rethinking our Approach to Older Children in Care

Older children in care are the fastest growing cohort of children and yet too many children who age out of the care system in England every year are doing so without a family to belong to.

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Festival Manchester

Home for Good x Festival Manchester

Working together to find a home for every child and young person who needs one in Manchester

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Our heart for teenagers

Our heart for teenagers

Home for Good is passionate about finding a home for every child, at every age.

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Summer sabotage

Summer sabotage

We've all dreamed of the perfect family day out but the reality is often not how we imagined

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A joy like no other

A joy like no other

Donna shares her family's story of fostering siblings

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News from Wales

News from Wales

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Wales

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News from North West England

News from North West England

Find out how we are finding homes for children in North West England

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A passion for welcome

A passion for welcome

An adoptive parent shares their story of welcome and hospitality

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News from South West England

News from South West England

Find out how we are finding homes for children in South West England

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News from London and South East England

News from London and South East England

Find out how we are finding homes for children in London and South East England

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News from Northern Ireland

News from Northern Ireland

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

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News from Central and East England

News from Central and East England

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Central and East England

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Fostering Information Session

Fostering Information Session

Tuesday 2 November - ONLINE

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Fostering Information Session

Fostering Information Session

Wednesday 17 November - ONLINE

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Fostering Information Session

Fostering Information Session

Wednesday 1 December - ONLINE

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You Can Adopt: Next Steps Information Course

You Can Adopt: Next Steps Information Course

2 week course beginning Wednesday 10 November

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You Can Adopt: Next Steps Information Course

You Can Adopt: Next Steps Information Course

2 week course beginning Thursday 25 November

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Through thick and thin: reflections from an adoptive mum

Through thick and thin: reflections from an adoptive mum

An adoptive mum shares how she journeys with her children and finds precious connections, even in those harder moments.

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Let’s Pray: November

Let's Pray: November

How can we pray well as we head into this new month?

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Introducing Seth Pinnock

Introducing Seth Pinnock

There are some things that might not make sense to us in the here and now, but when we look back in retrospect it becomes clear that they were part of something bigger.

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Changing the landscape for vulnerable children

Changing the landscape for vulnerable children

At Home for Good we are committed to finding a home for every child who needs one – and we take a two-pronged approach to achieve this vision.

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Brighton Marathon: Verity’s story

Brighton Marathon: Verity’s story

We caught up with the amazing Verity, who is running the Brighton Marathon for Home for Good.

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National Adoption Strategy published in England

National Adoption Strategy published in England

On Monday, the Government published its Adoption Strategy for England titled ‘Achieving Excellence Everywhere’, which outlines its long-term vision and proposals for improving adoption.

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Summit 2022

Summit 2022

7 May 2022 | Join us in person or online!

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Summit rescheduled to Saturday 7 May 2022

Summit rescheduled to Saturday 7 May 2022

After some careful consideration, we have made the decision to reschedule this year’s Summit until spring 2022.

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Compassion Fatigue: The symptoms and the cause

Compassion Fatigue: The symptoms and the cause

Compassion fatigue can affect people from all walks of life. But what is it, and why does it happen to us?

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Compassion Fatigue: Five things you can do

Compassion Fatigue: Five things you can do

It can be so difficult to recognise and acknowledge the signs of compassion fatigue. Here are five things you can do if this is where you find yourself today.

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Compassion Fatigue: How to help

Compassion Fatigue: How to help

What to do if you’re alongside someone who might have compassion fatigue, whether they have identified it as this or not.

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Back to school

Back to school

School, and the return to it after the summer holidays, can be particularly challenging for children who have had a difficult start in life.

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Responding to the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK

Responding to the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the UK

Home for Good has been deeply saddened to watch the events in Afghanistan unfolding over the past few weeks and days.

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APPG for Adoption and Permanence publishes new report on stability

APPG for Adoption and Permanence publishes new report on stability

Today, the APPG for Adoption and Permanence has published its latest report; Strengthening Families: Improving stability for adopted children.

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Connect with Home for Good

Connect with us

Stay up to date with our news, make a fostering/adoption enquiry and connect with others in your area.

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A ready-made community: Sharon and Rich’s story

A ready-made community: Sharon and Rich’s story

For Sharon and Rich, their church family has been an integral part of providing love, stability and community for their fostered child.

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Stability Part 1: The role the Church can play

Stability Part 1: The role the Church can play

This month, we’re focusing on the theme of stability. Our desire is for children and young people not just to experience initial stability, but ongoing security, safety and love with relationships that remain consistent and ongoing in their lives.

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New Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Children announced

New Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Children announced

We welcome Nadhim Zahawi MP and Will Quince MP to their new roles and look forward to working closely with them.

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Stability Part 2: The Role of the System

Stability Part 2: The Role of the System

Our desire is for children and young people not just to experience initial stability, but ongoing security, safety and love with relationships that remain consistent and ongoing in their lives.

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Why the wait?

Why the wait?

Understanding the adoption landscape in 2021.

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Understanding the good news of the gospel

Understanding the good news of the gospel

The gospel is such good news, but for those who are care-experienced there are parts of the Easter story that may feel more complex.

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Adoption Support Fund FAQs around COVID-19

Adoption Support Fund FAQs around COVID-19

Adoption Support Fund in light of Coronavirus outbreak

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A story from Hong Kong

A story from Hong Kong

Cadence Lam shares how her church’s ministry to vulnerable children has changed her life and her church

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Caring for our relationships as foster and adoptive parents

Caring for our relationships as foster and adoptive parents

This Valentines Day, adoptive mum Lucy reflects on how we can care for some of our most important relationships.

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Understanding the impact of social distancing for foster and adoptive families

Understanding the impact of social distancing for foster and adoptive families

Social distancing will create additional challenges for all of us, and our families will find the changes and separation difficult in a number of ways.

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Recruiting new foster carers in the COVID-19 Crisis

Recruiting new foster carers in the COVID-19 Crisis

Fostering services across the country need to rapidly increase the number of carers available to offer loving homes to children who need them.

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Five Star Interim Report - January 2020

Five Star Interim Report - January 2020

Our Five-Star interim report and recommendations to Government

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Thank you for letting us know of your interest

Thank you for letting us know of your interest

Here's some information about how Home for Good is helping vulnerable children

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How will fostering affect my birth children?

How will fostering affect my birth children?

Will they feel left out? Will they all get on? How will they cope when a child moves on?

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Finding homes for at-risk children in Nottinghamshire

Finding homes for at-risk children in Nottinghamshire

50 new foster families for Nottinghamshire children

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COVID-19: Help at-risk children in Leeds

Finding homes for at-risk children in Leeds

Helping ensure every child has the home they need at the time they need it.

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Why does my son freak out on Zoom calls?

Why does my son freak out on Zoom calls?

For so many of us this technology is a gift. The connection it brings us is precious. However, for those caring for vulnerable children, it can also herald new challenges.

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Why homeschooling in lockdown can be hard for fostering and adoptive families

Why homeschooling in lockdown can be hard for fostering and adoptive families

For some families caring for children who have experienced trauma, this is a time where that additional pressure is amplified.

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Launch of Scotland's Care Review 2020

Launch of Scotland's Care Review 2020

What will the new care review mean for vulnerable children and young people in Scotland?

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The APPG for Adoption and Permanence is back!

The APPG for Adoption and Permanence is back!

The APPG for Adoption and Permanence was re-launched on 30 June 2020.

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Five Star

Five Star

Because young people deserve better

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Stormont Restored: A New Decade for Vulnerable Children?

Stormont Restored: A New Decade for Vulnerable Children?

What does the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ deal mean for children and the families who care for them, in Northern Ireland?

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It’s National Adoption Week: Thoughts from an adoptive parent

It’s National Adoption Week: Thoughts from an adoptive parent

Libby shares her experience of being an adoptive parent

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Five Star success

Five Star

Because young people deserve better

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Introducing Excitable Edgar…my adopted son

Introducing Excitable Edgar…my adopted son

Excitable Edgar from this year's John Lewis ad reminds us of many of the children we are called to care for.

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5 questions to ask your parliamentary candidate during the 2019 General Election

5 questions to ask your parliamentary candidate during the 2019 General Election

What to ask your parliamentary candidate this general election

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"Why are they doing that?"

"Why are they doing that?"

Six common behaviours of looked after children

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What we learnt through the adoption assessment process

What we learnt through the adoption assessment process

Ben and Rachel share the ups and downs of their adoption assessment process, imparting the lessons they learnt along the way.

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Kent police give Secret Santa gifts to vulnerable children

Kent police give Secret Santa gifts to vulnerable children

How a team of local police staff came up with a plan to give to children who might otherwise receive very little this Christmas.

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The importance of rest for our children

The importance of rest for our children

Adoptive mum Lucy reflects on the value of rest, particularly for our children.

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We fostered a teenager in lockdown

We fostered a teenager in lockdown

Welcoming a teenager into our home of four young children was a great decision for us.

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Finding homes for at-risk children in Stoke on Trent

Finding homes for at-risk children in Stoke on Trent

35 new foster families for Stoke children.

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'The investment of a lifetime report'

'The investment of a lifetime report'

Is the economic spend on the care system in the UK bringing about the outcomes and flourishing for children and young people that we want to see?

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Our Letter to the Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review

Our Letter to the Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review

This week, our CEO Tarn Bright sent the following letter to Josh MacAlister, Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review in England.

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Host a Foundations Course

Host a Foundations course

Could you host a Foundations course at your church?

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New Children’s Commissioner for England appointed

New Children’s Commissioner for England appointed

The Secretary of State for Education confirmed Dame Rachel de Souza as the next Children’s Commissioner for England

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Our response to the launch of the Children’s Social Care Review in England

Our response to the launch of the Children’s Social Care Review in England

Home for Good welcomes today’s announcement of the launch of the independent review of Children’s Social Care in England.

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NI Prayer

Northern Ireland Prayer resource

Download the film and join us in praying for vulnerable children in Northern Ireland

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Three reasons why caring about vulnerable children is important to me

Three reasons why caring about vulnerable children is important to me

Home for Good champion Bella shares with us three reasons why caring about vulnerable children is important to her.

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Children’s Social Care Review in England

Children’s Social Care Review in England

Together we can achieve change for children

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The lessons I’ve learned from fostering

The lessons I’ve learned from fostering

Pat was a teacher for many years, but becoming a foster carer in her retirement has taught her so much.

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The privilege of becoming a mother

The privilege of becoming a mother

Home for Good CEO, Tania Bright, writes about her family's journey through fostering and adoption for Women Alive magazine

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The case of the missing chocolate eggs

The case of the missing chocolate eggs

With Easter coming up and more chocolate than normal in our homes, we explore the complex relationship that some care-experienced children may have with food

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APPG for Adoption and Permanence Launches New Inquiry

APPG for Adoption and Permanence Launches New Inquiry

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Adoption and Permanence has launched a new inquiry on Strengthening Families.

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News from Home for Good: An exciting new opportunity for our Founder Krish Kandiah

News from Home for Good: An exciting new opportunity for our Founder Krish Kandiah

Krish Kandiah accepts the role of Chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

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Five tips for navigating Christmas in a pandemic while caring for vulnerable children

Five tips for navigating Christmas in a pandemic while caring for vulnerable children

For those of us caring for children who have experienced trauma, Christmas can be an interesting time...

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Foster/Adopt

Caring for vulnerable children

We want every child to have a stable and loving home where they can thrive. Could you offer the home they need?

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Research and reports

Research and reports

A selection of reports and research papers written by the Advocacy team at Home for Good.

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Fostering has helped me to understand God as Father

Fostering has helped me to understand God as Father

Paul has seen so much about how God works and why he loves vulnerable children through becoming a foster carer.

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COVID-19: Help at-risk children in East Lothian

COVID-19: Help at-risk children in East Lothian

Vulnerable children in East Lothian are being put at even greater risk by COVID-19.

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Register your interest in the Foundations Course

Register your interest in the Foundations Course

Fill in the form to get a notification when new dates are released

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Home for Good's response to the Secretary of State’s speech on adoption

Home for Good's response to the Secretary of State’s speech on adoption

Too many children wait too long for their adoptive family and some children who need one, never find one at all.

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An important update about Adoption Sunday

An important update about Adoption Sunday

A piece of news we wanted to share with you about our Adoption Sunday resources

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Help at-risk children in the London Borough of Bexley

Help at-risk children in the London Borough of Bexley

Help us find 20 new foster carers in the London Borough of Bexley

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Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Education

Open Letter to the Secretary of State for Education

Together we can do better for Black children in care

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How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting vulnerable children?

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting vulnerable children?

During this hugely challenging season, Home for Good is committed to our vision to find a home for every child who needs one. We will continue to work passionately on behalf of vulnerable children across the UK.

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Foster families urgently needed

Foster families urgently needed

We are partnering with a number of Local Authorities across the UK to recruit more foster carers.

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I was fostered, so now I foster

I was fostered, so now I foster

Jenna shares her story of taking the brave step to help other children who need a home.

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Get in touch

Get in touch

We'd love to hear from you, call 0300 001 0995 or fill in the form below.

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Not on my watch: Father's Day 2018

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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What the Church needs to know about confidentiality

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

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 four

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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WISDOM in our waiting

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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PEACE in our waiting

PEACE in our waiting

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

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HOPE in our waiting

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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Looking suffering in the eye

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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Fast Forward Five Years

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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Why are we waiting?

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

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?

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

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

What the Church needs to know about infertility

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

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Adoption: The Myth and the Reality

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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Adoption Sunday 2014

Adoption Sunday 2014

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

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It started with weekends: Ethan's story

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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What the Church needs to know about attachment

What the Church needs to know about attachment

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

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John and Paula's story

John and Paula's story

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

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Carl and Caren's story

Carl and Caren's story

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

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Ruth's story

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

Naomi's story

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

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Christine's story

Christine's story

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

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Jason and Debbie's story

Jason and Debbie's story

Jason and Debbie reflect on real hospitality and fostering.

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Jim and Pam's story

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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Yeovil Family Church's story

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

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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Caroline's story

Caroline's story

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

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The Robinson's church story

The Robinson's church story

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

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The Robinson's story

The Robinson's story

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

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Alex's story

Alex's story

Alex tells the story of fostering an unaccompanied Syrian boy.

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Responding to the need: Kevin's story

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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Fostering a teenage refugee: Zara's story

Fostering a teenage refugee: Zara's story

Zara shares her story of fostering an unaccompanied Eritrean teenager.

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Mark's story

Mark's story

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

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

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

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

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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The Madlug Story

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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Safe in a good home: Molly's story

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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What is success?

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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What the Church needs to know about trauma

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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York families respond to God's heart for young refugees

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

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)

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

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

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?

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

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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Everyone needs a village

Everyone needs a village

A foster carer reflects on persevering through challenges.

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I wait

I wait

A foster carer reflects on persevering through challenges.

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Father's Day: Our first Father

Father's Day: Our first Father

Our thoughts for Father's Day 2017

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Waiting...and celebrating

Waiting...and celebrating

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

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

‘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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Reflections from a prospective foster carer: A big decision

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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Reflections from a foster carer: The magic wand

Reflections from a foster carer: The magic wand

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

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What the Church needs to know about single adopters

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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Preparing birth children for an adopted sibling

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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How to stay calm in the chaos

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!

All the single carers, put your hands up!

Julie shares from her experiences as a single foster carer.

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Everyone has a role. So what's mine?

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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Reflections from a foster carer: Diary of introductions

Reflections from a foster carer: Diary of introductions

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

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Churches as supportive communities – how Easter confronts us

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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What the Church needs to know about moves

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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What the Church needs to know about parenting vulnerable children

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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Reflection 1: Seed of an idea

Reflection 1: Seed of an idea

Could this advent be the beginning of your journey?

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Supporting fostered and adopted children and young people in church groups

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

Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 2: Identity

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

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A response to the Catholic Church's apology

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

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 we can all #SupportAdoption

Five ways we can all #SupportAdoption

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

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Thoughts of an adopter: Things I worry about

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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Making sense of introductions

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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Reflection 3: Making ready

Reflection 3: Making ready

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

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What the Church needs to know about FASD

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 support through application, assessment and waiting

What the Church needs to know about support through application, assessment and waiting

How to support those going through the process to foster or adopt.

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Film resource: Pete's Dragon (2016)

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

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

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

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 being called to foster or adopt

What the Church needs to know about being called to foster or adopt

How choosing to foster or adopt can be a response to God's call.

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A Reflection for World Social Work Day

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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Reflection 2: Faithfully preparing

Reflection 2: Faithfully preparing

Could this advent be the beginning of your journey?

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Five ways to support foster and adoptive families at Christmas

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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A prayer for Good Friday

A prayer for Good Friday

Lord Jesus, today we think of you...

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Joy's Story

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

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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Turning the question around

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)

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

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

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

Moses, adoption and the Church - Part 3: Support

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

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Reflection 5: Changing futures

Reflection 5: Changing futures

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

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Esther's Story

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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Reflection 4: Trusting to fulfilment

Reflection 4: Trusting to fulfilment

Our fourth advent reflection looks at Luke 2.6-7.

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Glimpses of Motherhood: An adoptive mother's story

Glimpses of Motherhood: An adoptive mother's story

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

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The truth about motherhood

The truth about motherhood

A reflection for Mother's Day 2017

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Glimpses of Motherhood: Kirsty's Story

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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Glimpses of Motherhood: Julie's Story

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

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

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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Glimpses of Motherhood: Jo's Story

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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Glimpses of Motherhood: Anya's Story

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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Kev's story

Kev's story

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

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The ordinary extraordinary: Anna's story

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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A celebration of fostering and adoption at Birmingham Cathedral

A celebration of fostering and adoption at Birmingham Cathedral

An evening that celebrated West Midlands foster carers and adopters

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How does God parent us therapeutically?

How does God parent us therapeutically?

Exploring themes of therapeutic parenting in the Bible

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Politicians call for protection of vital adoption support

Politicians call for protection of vital adoption support

The launch of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group

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My thoughts on Instant Family as an adoptive parent

My thoughts on Instant Family as an adoptive parent

An adoptive parent's thoughts on the 2019 film, Instant Family

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Our first ever Stormont Reception

Our first ever Stormont Reception

An event for gathering together key people in Northern Ireland to find a home for every child who needs one.

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Department for Education announces extension of the Adoption Support Fund for families

Department for Education announces extension of the Adoption Support Fund for families

We know that therapeutic support is hugely significant for so many adoptive and special guardianship families at some point in their lives.

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Adoption Matters

Adoption Matters

We partner with Adoption Matters for adoption in the North of England

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Instant Family FAQs

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

What the Church needs to know about building resilience

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

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MPs open inquiry into the future of adoption support

MPs open inquiry into the future of adoption support

All-Party Parliamentary Group to explore improvements to Adoption Support Fund

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The Robinson's adoption story

The Robinson's adoption story

The Robinson's share their journey of adoption

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Harry's fostering story

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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Harry's adoption story

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

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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Thoughts of a foster carer: Great Expectations

Thoughts of a foster carer: Great Expectations

The festive time of year is loaded with pressure and expectations

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The Curtis' fostering story

The Curtis' fostering story

Our church, family and friends have caught the vision too. We so appreciate it.

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Zara's story

Zara's story

She made a difference, she went the extra mile, made me feel safe.

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Help! My son or daughter wants to adopt!

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

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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Adoption Focus

Adoption Focus

Our adoption partner for the West Midlands is Adoption Focus

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St. Francis' Children's Society

St. Francis' Children's Society

St. Francis Children's Society are our adoption partner agency for Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire

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PACT

PACT

We work with PACT in London and the South East

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Marie's story

Marie's story

They needed more short-term carers for teenagers, this is where my life would change forever.

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Homemade for Good: 980 decorations

Homemade for Good: 980 decorations

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

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Jenna's story

Jenna's story

I was certain that my future family was to be made up of both biological and adopted children.

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What the Church needs to know about shame

What the Church needs to know about shame

Why do adopted/fostered children often feel a heightened sense of shame?

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Why are we rethinking orphanages?

Why are we rethinking orphanages?

Krish Kandiah shares about an upcoming global project

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When your church doesn't 'get' adoption and fostering

When your church doesn't 'get' adoption and fostering

What happens when your church doesn't seem to understand either your heart for fostering or adoption, or the challenges faced by your family?

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APPG Report launch

APPG Report launch

Parliamentarians call for the continuation and improvement of the Adoption Support Fund beyond 2020

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Stability Index 2019

Stability Index 2019

Today, the Children’s Commissioner for England published the 2019 Stability Index which contains important data and findings about the experience of stability for children and young people in the care system.

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Kemi Badenoch and DfE appointments

Kemi Badenoch and DfE appointments

Three weeks ago, under the Government reshuffle by Boris Johnson, the new prime minister, a new Children and Families Minister was appointed; Kemi Badenoch MP.

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8 ways to help settle your adopted or fostered child into school

8 ways to help settle your adopted or fostered child into school

Starting school is a huge step for every four-year-old, but it can be especially challenging for children who have experienced early trauma.

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Sarah and Jeremy's story

Sarah and Jeremy's story

Sarah and Jeremy had their house altered, giving them space to foster.

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Kendra's story

Kendra's story

Kendra shares her story of being a single foster carer

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'Peas in a pod': The WADDL story

'Peas in a pod': The WADDL story

Anna and her family wrote a series of books to help share the adoption journey

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24 ways to 'win at summer'.

24 ways to 'win at summer'.

24 ways to help you have a joyful and settled summer

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APPG for Adoption and Permanence holds evidence sessions in Parliament

APPG for Adoption and Permanence holds evidence sessions in Parliament

Following its hugely successful consultation survey, the APPG for Adoption and Permanence has now held two Parliamentary evidence sessions into the future of the Adoption Support Fund.

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A thousand stories

A thousand stories

Six years of the Home for Good book

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Reflections of a foster carer: Father’s Day

Reflections of a foster carer: Father’s Day

Don't underestimate what you give and how you influence other lives.

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7 tips for taking fostered or adopted children on an overseas holiday

7 tips for taking fostered or adopted children on an overseas holiday

Seven lessons learned about taking your fostered or adopted child abroad on holiday

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Why choose suffering?

Why choose suffering?

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

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Holding on for our children: Lisa's story

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

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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100km non-stop walk around Leeds

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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Give while you shop

Give while you shop

Find out about our Charity of the Year partnerships and how your online shopping can help Home for Good

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Response to Northern Ireland Consultation

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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A welcome for all: Jen and Paul's story

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

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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Finding family in the UK: Kamal's story

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

'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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Making room: Sarah and Robert's story

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

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

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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My foster family changed my life: Fran's story

My foster family changed my life: Fran's story

Fran shares her beautiful and inspiring story.

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

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

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

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

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

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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A home for good in Kent: Katy's story

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

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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JOY in our waiting

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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Foster carers, we see you...

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

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

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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Social work: a career length of seven years

Social work: a career length of seven years

Julie talks with Anna, a child placement social worker.

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The importance of rest

The importance of rest

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

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

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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