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 On November 3, join with churches throughout the UK to celebrate our adoption into God’s family and consider what we can do to support the thousands of children living in care.

The desperate need in the UK to find more adoptive parents and foster carers provides the church with a great opportunity to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable children, engage with local authorities and be good news to society. The Home for Good team has already been approached by several local authorities and adoption and fostering agencies, who are eager to engage with the Church on this issue.

We know how busy church life can be and the multiple demands there are on the time of church leaders. Therefore, we will do everything we possibly can to ensure that your church’s engagement in national adoption Sunday is as simple, but effective, as possible. We suggest there are three different levels of engagement your church could have with national Adoption Sunday.

  1. Have a 10-minute slot during your Sunday service to draw attention to the need that exists in this country for more foster carers and adoptive parents. You could interview a foster carer or a family who have adopted (if there’s no one who could do this in your church, we will do our best to find someone for you to interview), pray for children in care, foster carers and families who have adopted, and show the Home for Good film (two minutes long).
  2. Use our Adoption Sunday Pack to shape the whole service around the theme of adoption. The pack includes ideas for songs, suggested interview questions, liturgy, a sermon outline, small group questions and a variety of activities for children. Also, why not contact your local Social Services team and invite them to have someone from their fostering and adoption team be around at the end of your service so people can speak to them straight away?
  3. Team up with other churches in your area so as you all take part in Adoption Sunday you can build a good relationship with your local Social Services and host an evening meeting in the days following Adoption Sunday where people thinking about fostering or adopting can find out more.

Put your church on the map
Make sure you let us know if you’re taking part in Adoption Sunday. This will enable us to send you additional idea and resources in the lead up to the day.