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Oxfordshire churches launch first Adoption Sunday

The launch date coincides with the annual National Adoption Week 5-11 November ...

Oxfordshire's churches will launch the first Adoption Sunday on 4 November, an initiative using the unique resources of the Church to help children who are stuck in the care system to find 'forever families' through adoption or fostering. The launch date coincides with the annual National Adoption Week 5-11 November.

This project is a pilot programme that will become a nationwide initiative in 2013.

Oxfordshire resident, Krish Kandiah, is the founder of Adoption Sunday, an initiative that will encourage churches to help the 440 children in Oxfordshire, and 12,000 around the country, find permanent homes and curb the rising number of children who are living outside of stable and long-term family units.

Recent nationwide consultations about children in care found a common view that the Church is an untapped resource that could be easily utilised to help support families who adopt or foster children.

Adoption Sunday is supported by the Evangelical Alliance, Care for the Family, and Parents And Children Together (PACT).

Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches in mission for the Evangelical Alliance, said: "Being an adopter is an incredibly rewarding but also challenging experience. As an adoptive dad I am so grateful for the help and support our family has received from our church community.

"Our aim through Adoption Sunday is to encourage more people to step forward for adoption and for the Church to do its best to support and encourage them. With so many children waiting for adoption we need to do everything we can to help these children, especially those deemed hard to place, to find a home for good.”

Jan Fishwick, chief executive of PACT, one of the leading agencies for adoption and fostering in Oxfordshire, said: "At PACT we help many families provide children with a positive experience of childhood and a solid loving and secure home life.

“We are keen to convey that the need for adopters is greater than ever but also that people who adopt rely on good agency and community support networks to help them cope with the inevitable challenges of parenting. PACT is pleased to support this campaign.

“Many of our adopters have a faith and we welcome adoption enquiries from Christians and people from all faiths.”

The initiative has the backing of Oxfordshire County Council. Matthew Edwards, the council's corporate parenting manager, said: "We are very pleased to be involved with this initiative. We know that adopting or becoming a foster carer will be one of the most life-changing and life-enhancing decisions you ever make."

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