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In 2015 the UK saw 3043 unaccompanied children arrive in the country and claim asylum. Some of these children came from Syria, but also Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and dozens of other countries. They didn't arrive through any formal process, they just managed to get themselves into the UK and asked for help. Accommodation and support has to be found for these children wherever they arrive. Ideally, that's in foster homes. Over the last six months Home for Good has been working with local authorities to recruit more foster carers from the 10,000 people who stepped forward to help meet this initial need.
There are many more unaccompanied children travelling through Europe who are exposed to the elements, at risk of trafficking and have no safety and security. Home for Good is working hard with other charities to find safe and legal ways of bringing these children into the UK.
Krish Kandiah, founder and director of Home for Good says, “Home for Good is committed to doing everything possible to help every one of these children get the love and care that they need, alongside our founding goal of a home for good for every looked after child already in the UK. We encourage as many people as possible to consider fostering, to demonstrate compassion in action at this time for great need.”
The UK has a wonderful heritage of welcome and hospitality, caring for the most vulnerable of children and young people, and we have been overwhelmed by how many of our supporters are willing to act to make this hospitality part of our present and future.
Register your interest to foster an unaccompanied minor
Home for Good works with many local authorities across the UK and is compiling a database of people who have space in their homes and may be interested in exploring the possibility of fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for a few days in an emergency, short term or long term. If you think that's something you could do please sign up here. As you consider whether you could foster unaccompanied minors, please read our frequently asked questions below. You may also be interested in reading about Graham and Sarah’s experience of fostering children seeking asylum or those who have been trafficked to the UK.
For more information about the refugee crisis and what it is like to foster an unaccompanied minor, please see the videos and articles below.
09/06/2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
Inspiring the church to wrap around families that foster and adopt.
28/06/2016 - 19:30 to 21:30
An inspiring and informative evening for people to find out more about what fostering and adoption involve and how to get started.