Networking for the sake of vulnerable children and youth in Finland

In September 2023 WWO Europe Programmes Manager, Suvi, was part of a team to convene and host a first roundtable in her own country of Finland. 18 people with varied expertise and experience in the Finnish care system shared hopes and vision for the role of the church in helping children in the care system. The participants agreed to start gathering together for prayer with the dream of building a national network. The event was hosted by a Finnish Christian NGO ViaDia and WWO Europe. Contributors included our Leading Coordinator, Richard Procter, Bulgaria Without Orphans Co-Chair, Ivan Minchev, and CEO of UK NGO Home for Good, Tarn Bright. Since the round-table, WWO Europe's partner, VIaDia, received a grant to create trauma-informed webpage and training for foster and adoptive parents, professionals and churches who work among vulnerable children and youth. We thank God for bringing the Finnish team together in 2023 and look forward to developments in the future!