It takes a Parish to Raise a Child: An introduction to Fostering and Adoption


Tuesday 30 April 2019, 6:00PM - 8:45PM


London Diocesan House,
36 Causton Street




Every 15 minutes, a child will come into care.

Many children entering the care system will have suffered neglect or abuse, all will experience trauma and loss. Each child deserves a home where they will be loved, nurtured and enabled to thrive, whether that’s through short-term foster care, a long-term foster placement, or with a new adoptive family.

Each year, 9,000 young people in England, age out of the care system. Their experience of being in care makeup:

  • 25% of the homeless population
  • 49% of men under 21 is in contact with the criminal justice system
  • 3x more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training)
  • 4x more likely to experience mental health difficulties
  • 7x more likely to have a problem with substance misuse.

Question; what is our response?

This event aims:

To provide a safe space for potential Foster and Adoption Parents to explore a perceived call

To raise awareness of the needs of young people in the care and to unpack how the church can create a nurturing and inclusive environment

The Flow

6 – 6:15pm Arrival and Refreshments

6:15 – 6:20 Welcome and Introduction

6:20 – 7:20 Short, punchy and stimulating introductions aimed at starting a conversation which can be furthered in the later breakout groups.

Talk 1 A Theology of Home with Dr Krish Kandiah, the founding director of Home For Good

**Talk 2 Being Adopted with Billy-Jo

What is it like to be Adopted?

Talk 3 Being Adopted with Revd Denis Adide, Curate at Christ Church W4

What it was like to Adopt?.

Talk 4 Being Fostered with Fuzz Dix of St Lukes Millwall and experienced Foster Parent

What it was like to Foster?.

Talk 5 It takes a parish to raise a child with James Copeland Partnership Manager at Home for Good

How can the church create the right nurturing and inclusive setting for children in care?

7:20 – 7:35 Refreshments

7:35 – 8:35 Breakout Groups Space to unpack further with the speakers of talks 2,3,4.

30 min in each group.

Guests can sign up to 2 breakout groups in this time.

This will be an opportunity to dig deeper and to inquire further. There will be no hard sell simply a space to listen and ask. There will be literature to take away as well as the opportunity to make contacts with organisations if you wish to continue the conversation further.

8:45 Reflection and closing points

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