We see you this Christmas

To every individual, couple and family loving and raising care-experienced children..

To every individual who is loving and raising care-experienced children,

It’s easy to feel forgotten, unseen and lonely in this season, but this letter is for you, wherever you are and whatever your story.

We see you.

To the foster carers preparing a room on Christmas Eve for the arrival of a new child, uncertain of what’s to come, with your hearts burdened for the newest member of your family.

We see you.

To the grownups working long into the night to plan each day of the holidays, adapting their plans and setting aside their preferences so their children feel safe and loved

We see you.

To the newly formed families in a year like no other, as you wonder how different this Christmas will be, with all the joy and pain mixed together in the eyes of your little one, as you live in the tension of the now and not yet.

We see you.

To those whose hearts are tinged with sadness this Christmas at the memory of children no longer with them, who have moved on to forever families or back to birth parents, in the joy and the pain of the call to love and care

We see you.

To the grownups on their knees after a year full of pressure, wondering if they have the strength to keep going with hearts yearning for God’s best for the children they love.

We see you.

To those newly approved to foster or adopt or nearing a panel date, full of vision and excitement, trepidation and questions, following God’s call to step in and care, wondering and waiting for what and who 2022 might bring.

We see you.

To everyone who loves and is raising children who have had a difficult start in life, thank you. Thank you for who you are and all that you do, seen and unseen; both on the days when you feel like you're nailing it, and in the times when it’s all going wrong.

We’re praying for you this festive season and into the new year, that above all else you would know His presence, with the strength, joy, hope and peace that only He can bring into every circumstance.

And hidden within your hearts, cared for within your homes, we also see the beautiful, brave and brilliant children and young people who have experienced so much.

Whose lives have been turned upside down.

Who have had to move from all they have ever known.

Who may be approaching Christmas with fear or confusion or a deep sense of loss, filled with memories, both known and unconscious.

Who don’t know what the next year will bring.

Who are waiting for their home for good.

As you wait, as you grieve, as you navigate your story, we see you and we are praying for you, believing for different in 2022.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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