Home for Good becomes independent charity
Home for Good - a church-based campaign to promote adoption and fostering - has become a charity in its own right
The Home for Good initiative
originally launched a year and a half ago as a partnership between the Evangelical Alliance
, Care for the Family
and The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service
in response to the needs of thousands of vulnerable children. Each day 50 children are taken into care; around 6,000 children await adoption, and more than 9,000 are in need of fostering. Home for Good believes the church can be mobilised to make a difference.
Since its launch, Home for Good has reached more than 250,000 Christians with the message about fostering and adoption, while 200 churches took part in the first ever national Adoption Sunday. In Southampton alone 70 church-goers applied to be foster carers. On 2 November this year, Home for Good will host its second annual National Adoption Sunday
in churches in the UK.
As the initiative has grown, it has now become an independent charity.
General director of the Evangelical Alliance, Steve Clifford, said it goes with the prayers and blessings of the entire Alliance family.
'In the same way that Tearfund was incubated and birthed out of the Evangelical Alliance nearly 50 years ago, so it is a delight and privilege to now be releasing Home for Good as an independent charity,' he said.
We believe the church is uniquely placed to help find thousands of children the homes they need
'The impact of the Home for Good campaign over the last two years has been extraordinary. The combined efforts of Care for the Family, Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) and the Evangelical Alliance, led by Krish Kandiah, a foster carer and adoptive parent himself, has seen the issue of adoption and fostering explode into the consciousness of evangelical Christians all over the country.
'We have made contact with hundreds who are already serving God in responding to this need. So we release Home for Good with our blessing and prayers and will continue to cheer on this inspired initiative.'
Krish, who is also leaving his post as the Alliance's executive director of churches in mission to join the London School of Theology
, said, 'It has been a privilege to lead the Home for Good campaign as a director of the Evangelical Alliance.
'The support we have received both from the Alliance staff, Care for the Family and CCPAS has been overwhelming. With more children than ever coming into the care system in the UK we took the decision that Home for Good needs to become its own charity to make sure every child that needs a forever family finds one.
'We believe the church is uniquely placed to help find thousands of children the homes they need; indeed it is a vital part of every Christian's calling to play their part in caring for the vulnerable.'
The launch of Home for Good as an independent charity on 1 September
coincides with the 70th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper
, the start of the mass evacuation of 3 million children as the Second World War loomed.
Baptist Times, 31/08/2014
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