Since Home for Good launched as a campaign in 2013, there has been a passionate group connected with Home for Good in Northern Ireland, and in the past year it has been great to see the momentum building even more. With Malini, our Northern Ireland Lead, taking up her post in June 2016, and an increase in champion and church engagement, Home for Good activity has been developing across the nation.
Malini shares some of her highlights from the past year:
‘It’s been wonderful to build bridges with churches, trusts, and agencies, and connect with those passionate about adoption and fostering. We have seen the Church in Northern Ireland beginning to see the significant part they can play in meeting the needs of children in care, and we’ve even had one church start a befriending programme with their local health and social care trust to support young people in care.’
We want to ensure that Home for Good in Northern Ireland carries its own distinctive flavour and is intentionally held by those in Northern Ireland, so we have formed an Advisory Board to shape our work and guide Home for Good on how to engage the Church in meeting the local need for children.
Our tireless champions are passionate about finding a home for every child who needs one in Northern Ireland, and play a vital role in raising awareness of the need for foster carers and adopters and people wanting to play a part in supporting families. We’ve had several champion-led fundraising events and some will be running the Belfast Marathon in May. One champion organised a celebration for her foster child’s birthday that was attended by more than 120 people, and used it as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for Home for Good.
One of the churches in Belfast has launched a life group for those specifically interested in fostering and adoption and had 27 people sign up! A number of these families are now actively pursuing fostering or adoption and champions are journeying with them as they take these steps.
‘Our hope for Northern Ireland is to continue building bridges with churches and trusts, so that together we can find a home for every child who needs one. I would love to see an increase in churches signing up for Adoption Sunday in November, and I especially want to make sure we are equipping and supporting our champions well. I think it’s also a priority that we seek to establish more support groups so families can walk together as they care for vulnerable children through fostering or adoption.’ – Malini
Could you give a gift today to find a home for every child who needs one in Northern Ireland? A regular monthly gift will make a big difference as we look to improve the futures of vulnerable children and those who care for them. Thank you