Home for Good is a charity which aims to make adoption and fostering a significant part of the life and ministry of the Church in the UK.
The Home for Good initiative was launched by Care for the Family, CCPAS (The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service) and the Evangelical Alliance. Home for Good is now a stand-alone charity which aims to build a culture in local churches throughout the UK where adopting and fostering are a significant part of their life and ministry. Care for the Family is continuing to work with Home for Good to help churches to be more supportive of foster carers and adoptive families in their congregations, and to develop support for these parents and carers.
Home for Good is dedicated to inspiring, equipping and coordinating the network of local movements, churches and individuals who are making the Home for Good vision a reality. They raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encourage families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equip churches to offer welcoming communities for them.
Other organisations and forums
There are many message boards and forums about fostering and adoption. You may find these useful: Adoption UK
You can call one of the following organisation. Some services are free of charge, but others (particularly the training and parenting courses) have to be paid for. In some cases, your adoption agency may be willing to provide support.
Adoption UK offers local support for members, (paid for) services include Family Support Buddies, Family Days, training, and a specialist parenting course for adoptive parents, as well as publications. Call on 0844 848 7900.
BAAF produces useful resources through their online bookshop. Call on 020 7421 2652.
After Adoption offers a helpline with trained counsellors, a ‘SafeBase’ parenting programme, and family days and support groups in certain areas. Call on 0800 0 568 578.
PAC offers pre-adoption, post-adoption and permanency advice and counselling, therapeutic work and workshops (mostly in London). Advice Line: 020 7284 5879.
Fosterline is a free service which provides advice and information to prospective and approved foster carers and those who support them. The team can give advice on fostering issues, such as allegations, approval, finance, legislation, and relationships with fostering services, and provide details of other useful services and support.
The Fostering Network is a national charity. There is an annual charge for membership, and members have access to a 24-hour helplines for legal issues, medical advice, stress counselling, legal assistance should an allegation be made against them, advice on financial issues including benefits, mortgages and retirement planning, a quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletters, an online forum, and resources and publications. Call on 020 7620 6400.
Foster Talk offers a membership for a fee, which includes access to legal advice, accounting advice, online learning, high street discounts, a magazine and an online forum. They also provide telephone counselling to members with registered nurses. Within Foster Talk, the Foster Carers Independent Support Service (FISS) offers locally based, independent advisors to provide support, advocacy and or mediation for foster families during difficult times such as allegations and complaints. Call on 01527 573 790.