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The Church and Adoption…

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Today I was invited by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering to be at a consultation with Prime Minister David Cameron to talk about how we see adoption become faster and fairer across the UK. Over the next week we should see some announcement regarding an action plan of changes in policy and practice on issues such as setting a limit on how long a child will have to wait to be adopted, re-examining the relative importance of ethnic matching for adoptive parents and exploring the relationship between local authorities and the national adoption register. As someone who has adopted across racial lines and as an adoptive parent who has seen one of our foster children have to wait over 3 years for a placement I am delighted by the way the government is championing this issue and making some real changes. After talking about the the challenges and opportunities for inter racial adoption I had the opportunity to ask one last question…

I asked the Prime Minister to make better use of the church as a fantastic network of potential adopters and as a community that can provide help and ongoing support to those that do adopt. I explained that I thought the Big Society was a big opportunity to work with the church (and other faith groups ) to help meet the huge need for adoptive and foster parents. Part of my role in the Evangelical Alliance is to work out a way to change the culture in our churches to make adoption and foster caring more normal. As I have been travelling around the UK I have come across so many Christians that are doing an amazing job as adopters, foster carers and social workers. I have met some amazing people and heard some incredible stories. Working with Care for the Family we want to try and learn from all the years of experience the church already has in this area and to talk to church leaders about what needs to happen to see a culture change in our churches to meet the need and see both the church and our culture transformed as we follow the example of our great God who is…

a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families,[c]
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalm 68

Together the churches across the UK can make a serious dent in the number of children waiting for a home. We will soon be revealing plans for a nationwide consultation on how we can make a difference to the thousands of children in the care system waiting for a home.

At the moment if you are an artist, a film maker or a writer and would like to get involved in the early stages of this project that will make a difference to hundreds of the poorest and most vulnerable children in our country please drop me a line…

 

12 thoughts on “The Church and Adoption…”

  1. As one whose life has been enriched tremendously through the adoption of our beautiful daughter – who has a different racial heritage to both me and my husband – and as a writer, I am interested in this project. Do tell me more!

    1. the key to this project will be story telling – helping people understand the hard but rewarding life change adoption and fostering brings. I need to change people’s view of reality and testimonies, stories, films, art is going to be the way to do it…

  2. We are currently doing missionary work abroad and I would love to explore the issue of cross cultural adoption and fostering when back in the UK. My husband writes so please keep us posted. Thanks.

    1. thanks for responding friends – i think the best way might be to call a meeting in the not to distant future and chat through how we go about changing the culture in the church through great story telling… – watch this space

  3. Krish

    I was passed your name yesterday by someone who listened to our experience of adoption. Whilst I would like to see more Christians adopt there are some serious issues that need to be considered before we rush into speeding up the process. Our adoption placement broke down after two years of very hard work and my case is now before the Ombudsman. When I get the results of this I will be passing them on to the Minister for Children and Families who is already aware of the case. Perhaps we could talk at some stage.

    Regards

    Tim Gray

    1. Hi tim
      thanks for your comment – so sorry to hear about your difficult experience. I agree we need to be thorough and well thought through in any changes that are made. Maybe I should say we want to get rid of “unnecessary” road blocks in speedy adoptions. We will be holding some national consultation meetings – would be great if you were able to come to one of them and share your story. Watch this space for dates and venues.

  4. Hi Krish,

    Great to hear about this!!
    Are you accepting adoptions from 3rd world countries like Cambodia???

    regards
    Rubenm

    1. Hi Cousin – good to hear from you. We are going to start with UK based adoptions and look at transnational at a future date.
      Hope you are doing ok in Cambodia – if you have any ideas for us on how to do the transnational adoption well – we are really open to ideas.
      thanks
      krish

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