The changing influence of both adoption and fertility medicine on ideas of family, parenthood and kinship mean that the ways and contexts in which children are conceived and raised are evolving in new directions. The church needs to be sensitive and respond to these new developments.
Families and the Church in the 21st century
The realities of family relationships within Scottish society have changed profoundly over the past few decades. The Families and the Church in the 21st century report seeks to encourage the church to be aware of the effects these changes may have on the communities which we serve.
The report looks at the changing influence of both adoption and fertility medicine on ideas of family, parenthood and kinship. The discussion points leaflet can be used in group sessions about family life and the Church.
Adoption and fostering
As adoption has evolved over the generations, the church and its members need to be aware of the changing expectations on adoptive parents, and the pressures on and experiences of those involved in adoption - parents and children.
The church as a whole, and congregations and members locally, should offer practical support and every encouragement to those who answer the call to foster or adopt.
Scottish Adoption is a national organisation delivering adoption services in Scotland. They work with every aspect of the adoption triangle – adopted children, adopted families and birth families – and tailor services to meet individual need.
Barnardo's adoption and fostering services
Your decision to adopt can change the life of a vulnerable child in Scotland. Barnardo's welcomes all applicants, regardless of relationship status, sexuality, beliefs or ethnicity. Barnardo's offer training to help new adoptive parents as they step into their roles, and ongoing support after children have been placed, including group meetings organised by social workers.
Striving Together: celebrating competitiveness in sport
Competitiveness in sport can draw out the best in people, but can also give rise to other behaviours which may cause concern. The Striving Together report (presented to GA 2014) reflects on the place of competitiveness, based on the principles of loving our neighbours and treating others as we would want to be treated. The discussion leaflet can be used in group sessions to discuss competitiveness in sport.