Home for Good: Reading is seeking to find 50 families in the next three years to care for children through fostering or adoption. We believe that it is God’s heart that Christians should step forward and offer their homes and families as places to care for vulnerable children, and that churches in Reading are able to offer love, fellowship and vital support to those who care for children. Home for Good: Reading is delighted to be working in partnership with Reading Christian Network and Reading Borough Council.
There are approximately 220 children in care in Reading. As there are not enough local foster carers, many children are placed far away from friends and family, and all that is familiar. In Reading, carers for children over the age of five, teenagers, sibling groups, children from ethnic minorities and children with additional needs.
Home for Good: Reading was born from the vision of Reading Christian Network, which, over the past 17 years, has been bringing church leaders together across Reading to express God’s heart for the people of our town in various ways. Reading Christian Network was particularly inspired by what happened in Southampton, where churches responded to the expressed needs of the Council, who were struggling to recruit foster carers and adopters.
In November 2013 there was a discussion with Reading Borough Council, and in May 2014 a formal proposal resulted in the Council providing funding for the project, which was matched by Reading Christian Network. This has given Home for Good: Reading the opportunity to employ a Project Social Worker to raise awareness of the need and to work in partnership with churches across Reading. The project was officially launched on Adoption Sunday, by Krish Kandiah, who came to speak at Wycliffe Baptist Church.
Home for Good: Reading is seeking to develop a group of people who are passionate about fostering and adoption. To get in touch about that or anything else, contact us below.
Bethany is the Project Worker for Reading and Wokingham Home for Good. She is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in fostering and adoption for five years. Bethany was previously employed by Reading Borough Council and more recently PACT Charity.
Laura is the Project Lead. She is Pastoral Care Pastor at Wycliffe Baptist Church and is a qualified Social Worker, counsellor and family mediator. Her background includes being Deputy Director of Reading Social Services. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org