Bishops back campaign to support adoption

08 March 2013


A CAMPAIGN to encourage more Christians to adopt children or become foster carers is being supported by bishops.

The Home for Good campaign, which was launched this week, is   being co-ordinated by Care for the Family, the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service, and the Evangelical Alliance (EA).

The organisations "are committed to making fostering and adoption a normal part of church life", a statement said. "Together, we are in contact with over 15,000 churches and organisations, and have the chance to make a significant difference."

Consultation events took place in cities across the country last year, to explore the Church's experience in adoption and to identify ways in which it could play a greater part ( News, 16 March 2012).

The EA's Programmes Manager, Phil Green, said: "The urgent need to find more adoptive families and foster carers presents the Church in the UK with a fantastic oppor­tunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. . . Perhaps most encouraging of all are the phone calls we are now getting each week from Social Services, and other agencies from around the country, eager to see how we can help them connect with Churches."

The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said: "We have both a challenge and an opportunity on our doorsteps. I commend Home for Good."

The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, said: "God so loved the world that he was generous. I hope and pray that many Christians will be encour­aged to welcome a child into their own families with that same generosity and love."

Writing in The Guardian on Wednesday, Baroness Butler-Sloss, who chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption Legislation, said that the Gov­ernment had "failed to grasp the nettle . . . in providing post-adoption support to parents and children, to allow them to make a lasting success of their new families".

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