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.

On Sunday 30 September the Prime Minister, Theresa May, used her welcome message to the Conservative Party Conference annual church service, to give notice to the role of the church in finding loving homes for vulnerable children, and gave special commendation for the work of Home for Good.

In her welcome message, the Prime Minister thanked churches and Christian organisations for their commitment to vulnerable people and their effort to “find solutions to some of society’s most intractable challenges”.

But she went further by stressing “Nothing demonstrates that better than Home for Good’s inspiring work to provide loving homes to children through fostering and adoption”.

The Prime Minister’s praise highlights the role that the whole Home for Good family of supporters, champions, churches and local movements plays in achieving the vision of a home for every child who needs one in the UK.

We had the privilege of co-hosting the service and encouraging MPs, Councillors, church leaders and others to join with the Home for Good family in opening doors to find children their home for good.

250 people came along to the service at Gas Street Church and heard from Tim and Rachel Hughes, the Bishop of Birmingham, Bishop David Urquhart, Helen Grant MP as well as stories from young care-leavers, foster carers and adopters.

Each attendee was given a key to add to their own house keys as as an ever-present reminder of the children waiting for loving homes including the 298 children who will enter the care system during the three days of Conservative Party Conference, including many who will never be able to return home.

We used the services as an opportunity to raise awareness of the increasing numbers of children entering the care system and the lack of families. For example, the number of children waiting for adoption in England currently outweighs the number of families waiting by almost 3:1. There are 1115 children waiting but just 412 families waiting.

Krish, our founding director shared a talk in the service which he used to call on the delegates consider providing a much-needed foster or adoptive home or opening doors for them through their money, advocacy or skills.

If you’d like to know more about our political advocacy work, you can get in touch with Emily Christou, our Political Advocacy Manager, by emailing advocacy@homeforgood.org.uk

Author:
Emily Christou, Political Advocacy Manager


Date published:
30 September 2018


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