Our Appreciating Fostering and Adoption event is only a few weeks away now. As well as hearing stories about the fostering and adoption journey from those who are walking it, we’ll also be spending time during the event exploring how supportive churches are essential in helping foster and adoptive families to thrive.
The research into the life outcomes for the 9,000 young people who leave care each year doesn’t make for good reading. 38% are not in education, training or employment (NEET), and 22% of female care leavers become teenage parents. 24% of the adult prison population and 11% of homeless young people are care leavers. A third of sex workers have been in care. The futures of thousands of children depend on more people stepping forward to foster and adopt.
And who better placed than us? The Church is uniquely positioned – both in terms of finding families to foster or adopt and providing an excellent community of support to wrap around those who do.
We’re excited to be partnering with Home for Good for our Appreciating Fostering and Adoption Event. Home for Good is a national charity which aims to make fostering and adoption a significant part of the life of churches in the UK, seeing Christians and their churches equipped to welcome and care for the most vulnerable children and young people in our society. Home for Good are working to see a culture change in the Church which inspires and supports those considering or involved with fostering and adoption. They, like us, are passionate to see futures transformed through this life-changing family we call The Church.
We welcome you to watch a short video exploring the adoption journey of another local family below.
If you are interested in learning more about how your Church can become a more supportive place for foster and adoptive families, we invite you to book in for the Appreciating Fostering & Adoption Event on 24.11.18. event here.
Watch this space for more inspirational stories of the fostering and adoption journey.