Local churches urged to do more to support children in care

A leading theologian is coming to Worcester next month to encourage local churches to get involved in projects to support and help children in care. Dr Krish Kandiah, who is the founder of the adoption charity Home for Good, will be speaking at a service at St Paul’s Church in the city centre on Sunday 1st March.

Dr Kandiah says “Every day more than 50 children are taken into care in the UK. They are removed from chaotic, traumatic, abusive, neglectful or desperate situations. Some of them need a home in an emergency. Some of them need a temporary home until they can return to their families. Some of them need an occasional home to give their families a break. Some of them need a permanent home with a new forever family.”

He believes local churches can help in supporting the children and also families who choose to foster or adopt.  “The Church is uniquely placed to offer its help to meet this need – both in terms of finding families to foster or adopt and providing an excellent community of support to wrap around those who do.”

His visit has been organised by Christians from City Church in Worcester. Their spokesman Richard Procter says “Krish Kandiah is an expert at expressing how God cares for children who cannot live with their birth families and what the church can do about it. He is not only one of the UK’s leading theologians, he also carries the passion of being a foster carer and adoptive dad himself.”

The Senior Leader at St Paul’s, David Warren, says “Christians need to get involved in providing practical help for children awaiting adoption or in need of foster care. We also need to support families who take on the challenge of providing a stable and loving environment for these children. We are delighted that Krish can come and talk to us about how we can be effective in demonstrating God’s love in a very practical way.”

Christians from across the city are invited to attend the service, which takes place at 6.30pm on Sunday 1st March at St Paul’s Church.