Krish Kandiah is a foster carer and Executive Director of the Evangelical Alliance. He has launched the “Home for Good” campaign to encourage Christians to play their part in finding loving homes for all the children in the UK who need one. Through the 15,000 churches the Alliance is touch with he thinks they can go some way to finding the 9,000 more foster carers that are needed.
May 10 saw the full launch of Bake the Difference, at the Fostering Network's conference for Foster Care Associations.
Delegates were treated to a scrumptious high tea of miniature scones and shortbreads, sticky date cake and victoria sponge, washed down with pink lemonade and assam tea. The delicate vintage tea sets and jolly bunting all added to the elegance of the spread, and the tea room was abuzz with discussions of the day's seminars, punctuated by the clink of teaspoons on china.
"Foster Care Fortnight is a time to reflect. For me it’s a time to think about the first went in to care when I was 8 years old.
"It was so scary leaving home, but luckily the social workers had managed to find me a family who were in the same town as where I grew up. I also kind of already knew one of the girls in the family who had also been adopted.
I'm afraid it seems like Jac's comment about the sunscreen may have been premature... Ah, what am I saying! I'm extremely happy that it's still a bit windy and chilly. But I feel for those of you who long for summer, really, I do. We've had a hint of it, so I guess things are about to get warm. That's enough talk about the weather, though. Here's the round-up.
We are planning a big issue in the autumn magazine about the changes to and cuts to welfare spending. It's a hugely controversial subject and there is so much politics swirling around that it's hard to work what is really happening.
I was recently asked in an interview why I began fostering and why I continue to do so despite all the frustrations and upsets that fostering can bring. The interviewer was a rather glamorous and highly motivated journalist who clearly had her sights set high. She admitted she couldn’t foster although she quite liked kids. I replied to her question without hesitation that I had begun fostering, as many foster carers do, in response to an advertisement I’d seen in my local newspaper that said foster families were desperately needed, with a phone number to call for more information.
Bake the Difference got off to a sweet start at the Fostering Network with a staff bake-off masterminded by Rosa. Our friends at Strudel, the design agency who created the Bake the Difference pack and artwork for us, seemed to enjoy their work as cake judges!
The following offerings were whipped up by members of the Fostering Network in the London office:
Jac - marmalade cake
Aileen - courgette, walnut and cinnamon cake
Phil - orange cheesecake brownies.
Rosa - coconut macaroons
Ros - cupcakes