News from Northern Ireland

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Northern Ireland

We have really enjoyed visiting churches in-person and meeting face-to-face with friends and supporters of Home for Good. Home for Good is in the process of developing a number of exciting new resources, and as part of this we’ve been collecting stories from foster carers, adoptive parents, supported lodgings hosts and members of supportive and welcoming church communities across the UK. We gathered some Northern Irish Champions towards the end of February, and we were blown away by the beautiful reflections and insights shared, and by the hope held by every individual we met with. Do check out our exciting resources, which we hope will help you and your church family explore what your part could be in finding a home for every child who needs one:

  • Our prayer resource, updated monthly, contains a short reflection and points to guide your prayers for children, young people and the families who care for them.
  • Make Room is a new four-session Bible study resource, designed for anyone, anywhere, who wants to explore God’s heart and how that so closely connects to finding a home for every child who needs one.
  • We recently launched a new Father’s Day package, containing a new short film and congregational prayer, as well as some ideas for your church service, which we hope will help your church celebrate Father’s Day in a way that is sensitive and inclusive, creating space to talk about what it means to be a father, whatever that role might look like.

If you have a story you’d like to share to inspire and encourage our network of friends and supporters, get in touch! We love capturing and sharing stories, and we’d love to connect with you.

On Tuesday 15 March 2022, The Adoption and Children Bill reached a significant milestone, passing the final stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly. This important piece of legislation seeks to modernise the framework for adoption in Northern Ireland and will have a huge impact on children in care and with care experience and the families who care for them. We at Home for Good are delighted to see this Bill passed, and so encouraged to know that throughout the process the Assembly have continued to prioritise the voices of care-experienced children and young people and the families who care for them. It was our privilege to have played a part in shaping the contents of the Bill as we gave evidence to the committee. Click here to read more.

Local Coordinator Judith Dawson has a number of exciting opportunities to share our vision and engage with individuals, families, churches and stakeholders in the coming months:

  • Judith will have a stand at the Presbyterian Women’s spring conference on 9 April.
  • On 29 April, we’ll be at Without Walls, a church leader gathering in Ballymena with PSNI, Safe Families and Women’s Aid.
  • On 18 June, Judith will be attending the Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland leaders resource and training day.

We are thrilled to share that Home for Good is embarking on a UK-wide tour with Riding lights Theatre Company. Entertaining and thought-provoking, the play My Place follows the stories of four children in care – an individual child, a pair of siblings and an unaccompanied refugee. They have different backgrounds and journeys, brought to life through a range of colourful story-telling techniques, including song and spoken word. Each story highlights the need for all vulnerable children to have a safe, stable and loving home where they can thrive. Riding Lights will be visiting Northern Ireland in the summer. To find out more about the play, and to grab your ticket, visit ticketsource.co.uk/ridinglights.

Finally, we’d love to invite you to join us for our upcoming webinar, Creating Communities of Welcome – a 90-minute webinar designed to help your church community better understand the experiences and needs of care-experienced children and their families, so that your church family can become an increasingly supportive and welcoming space. You can join us on either Monday 25 April or Thursday 9 June at 7.30pm.

What can I be praying for?

We would love you to stand with us in prayer as we continue to work to find a home for every child who needs one in Northern Ireland.

  • Pray for our new Northern Ireland lead who joins our team in May! We are so looking forward to welcoming Roger Cooke to the team; give thanks for him, and pray for him as he settles into the team and gets to work engaging with individuals, families, churches, Champions and stakeholders here in Northern Ireland.
  • Pray for Local Coordinator Judith as she continues to journey with individuals and families exploring fostering, adoption and supported lodgings, and inspire church communities to become spaces of welcome and belonging.
  • Pray for care-experienced children and teenagers as we approach Easter holidays and the summer, as they navigate changes to routine which can be challenging for many – pray for peace, and for moments of fun and joy in the sunshine!
Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

Head over to our Northern Ireland page to find out what is happening in the area and find all the local support groups.

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How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in Northern Ireland?

To contact the Home for Good team in Northern Ireland use the button below.

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Date published:
April 2022


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