HOME FOR GOOD
The Somerset Guardian, 15th May 2019
Last week I met David Kingswood, a project worker for Home for Good. This national initiative is led by the Genesis Trust and locally works alongside the Bath and North East Council Family Placement Team to aid fostering and adoption. Mr. Kingswood speaks to groups, churches and interested parties to promote the organisation and offer support to carers and families who decide to foster or adopt.
According to Home for Good, every fifteen minutes in the United Kingdom a child will go into care. Many will have suffered neglect or abuse, all will have experienced trauma and loss. The cornerstone is that each child deserves a home where they will be loved, nurtured and enabled to thrive whether it is via short-term foster care, a long-term foster placement or with a new adoptive family.
The connexion with the church is fundamental to the organisation. Its work in ‘spiritual pacesetting’ is central because faith is the core of what it does, enabling churches to recognise their biblical mandate so that they can have a deeper appreciation of the theology of fostering and adoption.
Regrettably, there is currently a shortage of Christian foster parents in the area which is why Mr. Kingswood asked to meet me and write about this important subject. The statistic about looked after children is devastating and I assured him that I would use this opportunity to make constituents aware of the situation and pass on information in case anyone can help. If you would like to be considered as a foster parent or to adopt or if you would like to make a donation please visit: www.homeforgood.org.uk. I know that any assistance would be most gratefully received.