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.
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:
You can call one of the following organisations. 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 01295 752240.
Coram BAAF provide 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 confidential, impartial source of advice, information and support for foster carers on a range of issues that may affect them. Call 0800 040 7675.
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.
The Fostering Network helplines are free in N. Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In England they have a helpline for members only.
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. Call on 01527 836910.