Home for Good Ethos Statement

Home for Good Ethos Statement

Home for Good is a movement of individuals and churches who believe that every child should have a safe and loving home where they can thrive.

We believe the Church community is well placed to step up to offer homes to children who are not able to live with their birth family, and wrap around in support of foster and adoptive families. We therefore aim to change the culture in churches throughout the UK to make caring for vulnerable children a significant part of their life and ministry.

We also believe that people of faith should be treated fairly during the assessment process.

Home for Good is a bearer of good news. Children and young people being nurtured in loving homes is good news for some of the most vulnerable children. It’s also good news for the Church to fulfil God’s call to care for those in need. It’s good news for our communities, and it’s good news for our country.

Home for Good is a national charity dedicated to inspiring, equipping and coordinating the network of local movements, churches and individuals who are making the Home for Good vision a reality.

Home for Good is committed to working in partnerships with churches, voluntary and statutory agencies, local authorities and other organisations to effectively achieve our aims.

Home for Good is focused on the Christian Church, but our intention is that our work will be of benefit to people of all faiths, and none.


Our Values shape the work we do and how we do it:

We are…

...child-focused
We are passionate about finding the best possible homes for children – homes where they will thrive. The needs of the children always comes first. We see potential in every child – and are always hopeful.

…faith-rooted
We are full of faith – it is our faith that motivates us and we have faith that change is possible. We see the potential in the Church to make a difference but do not expect preferential treatment. We talk about our faith openly and we are prayerful.

…dynamic-innovators
We are searching for new and creative solutions, we are quick to try new ideas and we are a dynamic team able to respond to current needs. We see opportunities and possibilities. We talk about what could be and then we do everything we can to get there.

Our approach to work is...

…relational
We know that together we can achieve so much more. We dream together, we make decisions together and we work together. We celebrate diversity, respect differences and are generous with our ideas.

…positive
We are hopeful and excited by the opportunities. This means that although we are honest about the challenges and frustrations, and will never give the impression that fostering and adoption are easy, we focus on what can be done to make things better.

…excellent
We are professional, invest in training and ensure a good level of understanding. We are eager to learn from others and work with those with experience and expertise. We enable people to play to their strengths and always go above and beyond.


Statement of Faith

Home for Good was initially a campaign of Care for the Family, the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service and Evangelical Alliance before becoming an organisation in its own right in 2014. Home for Good has chosen the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.


Equal Opportunities Policy

Our Equal Opportunities Policy includes facility for justifying that certain posts have an occupational requirement that they be occupied by people who can demonstrate a personal Christian faith. Our Volunteer Policy places the same requirement on certain volunteer roles.

Where this is the case prospective staff or volunteers would be asked to confirm that they assent to a statement of faith, which is summarised through the Nicene Creed.

We also expect our Champions and Local Movements to ascribe to this statement of faith.

Andrew's Story

As a single male foster carer, Andrew has been a father figure for many young men over 25 years.

Emily and Simon's Story

From a young age, Emily knew she wanted to become a foster carer.

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