A SPECIAL event was held at outside York Minster yesterday as part of a bid to encourage more people to become foster or adoptive parents.

The "Home for Good" initiative was set up by UK churches to find ways of encouraging more people to take in children in need of a family, and to find ways of supportive families.

On Monday it hosting a meeting to draw attention to the 800 children waiting for adoptive families across Yorkshire and Humber, and encourage people to think about adopting or fostering themselves.

The event gave potential adopters and church leaders keen to support adoptive families in their communities chance to meet and speak to people who already foster and adopt children, social workers and people who have been adopted or fostered themselves.

The Home for Good initiative is supported by leading church figures including the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu and the Prior of Ampleforth Abbey Fr Terence Richardson.