Re-launching an evacuation programme from WW2
With more and more children in need of care ‘Home for Good’, a Christian adoption and fostering charity is aiming to protect vulnerable children using an evacuation programme from World War 2.
Neville Chamberlain’s government launched Operation Pied Piper 75 years ago (September 1 1939) as World War 2 was looming. To protect them from German bombers, children and young people in London and many other cities from Grimsby to Liverpool were evacuated to safer locations.
“The Second World War saw children in their thousands evacuated from the capital and taken into the care of families around the country. The 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper is an opportunity to remember the kindness of those who willingly provided a safe haven for those young Londoners” said London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is supporting the campaign.
He recognised the importance and relevance this has on children today, adding “It should remind us that thousands of youngsters today, in the capital and across the country, are also in need of a loving home and I urge more people to consider fostering and adoption to help them get the start in life they deserve.”
More families urged to foster and adopt
With more and more children entering the care system (one every 20 minutes) the director of Home for Good Dr Krish Kandiah is urging more families to foster and adopt: “We must rediscover the welcoming generosity of Operation Pied Piper. We do not face air raids, but today there are thousands of children who need homes and families. In 1939, even men and women who could scarcely afford it welcomed children – many from difficult backgrounds – into their homes. We need that spirit today.”
Every child needs a forever family
Home for Good started life as part of the Evangelical Alliance UK and has now become an independent charity. General Director of the Alliance, Steve Clifford, said “With more children than ever coming into the care system in the UK we took the decision that Home for Good needs to become its own charity to make sure every child that needs a forever family finds one,” he said. “We believe the church is uniquely placed to help find thousands of children the homes they need; indeed it is a
70 church-goers applied to be foster carers
Home for Good has reached more than 250,000 Christians since its launch almost 2 years ago. In Southampton alone 70 church-goers applied to be foster carers, while hundreds more across the country have attended seminars and events to find out more about the fostering and adoption process.
Although this is a giant step towards reaching the vulnerable young people we have in care, the message still needs to be spread wider to attract more people into becoming foster carers and provide warm, loving, stable homes right across the country.