Foster care and the Muslim fostering project

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Foster care and the Muslim fostering project

The leading charity, The fostering Network, reports that there is a shortage of publicly available data to indicate the number of foster children that are Muslim. This lack of information prevents describing their experiences in the care system. The precise number of Muslim children being fostered – as well as their experiences – have not been recorded.

The charity is addressing this having now received project funding from the Better Community Business Network aimed at achieving a better understanding of the needs of Muslim children and Muslim foster carers. A report summarising the key findings will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Benefits of Muslim project to foster care

The Identity in Fostering programme set up by The Fostering Network will incorporate the Muslim Fostering project. The overall goal is to come to a better understanding of the experiences of children from different geographic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Another key player in this initiative is Mercy Mission UK. Along with the Better Community Business Network, the project will look at the links that exist between the Muslim faith and fostering generally. Ideally, this will assist fostering services in ensuring that the foster carer pool both reflects and addresses key needs when fostering children.

Perhaps most importantly, the work will concentrate on how services can effectively deal with the challenges of matching children with families from the Muslim community. The work could well prove valuable in unlocking the potential barriers to recruiting more Muslim foster carers. It is likely to also inform future training and support for foster carers who look after children with a different faith than their own.

Foster care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children could be improved

The Muslim fostering project will reflect on fostering practice right across the UK. Properly addressing the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children is just one area of practice that is likely to benefit. It is important that foster carers are equipped with the confidence, experience and skills to support this group of young people.

The main aims of the report are:

  • to establish the number of Muslim children in foster care;
  • assess the recruitment and retention of Muslim foster carers – focusing on barriers and identifying examples of best practice;
  • Record recommendations for best practice in the areas of recruitment and retention of Muslim foster carers – also aiming to find ways of increasing enquiries from potential Muslim foster carers. This will increase the chances of Muslim children finding foster homes with Muslim carers;
  • to investigate the extent that faith is taken into account in the matching process – along with placement planning within foster care services for Muslim children;
  • to review; and assess fitness for purpose, the current resources, support and training available for non-Muslim foster families who look after Muslim children.

Rainbow at the Muslim Lifestyle Show 21st and 22nd April 2018 at Olympia, London

This weekend we will be present at the Muslim Lifestyle Show hoping to meet with people who may have an interest in becoming foster carers. As this blog conveys, efforts are being made to increase the numbers of Muslim foster carers to increase the possibilities of Muslim children finding foster homes with Muslim foster carers. These children can be more easily supported to attend prayers such as Jumu’ah on a Friday as well as Tarawee; visit their local mosque; participate in after school Islamic educational projects and participate in festivals such as Eid.

For more information on this exciting event visit https://www.muslimlifestyleshow.com/

A flavour of what you can expect…

If you have ever considered fostering and would like to know more about what is involved, this will be great venue to meet us. And it will be a great day out! For your information, the show is a one stop opportunity to explore fashion and food. there will also be plenty of live entertainment at this ultimate showcase for the Muslim lifestyle. You can visit over 200 pop-up shops from around the world which will boast the latest in unto date fashion – as well as gift ideas for family and friends.

The Show has been well timed for Ramadan. It also features a Halal Food Festival featuring a mouthwatering range of treats. The fashion highlights will include the modest catwalk shows – set to run throughout the day. And there is a women’s only luxury tea room combined with a beauty room: the perfect spot for a bit of weekend pampering.

So if you wish to spend the weekend with family and friends at what will be a memorable event – the London Muslim Lifestyle Show will have it all. And even better if you have an interest in fostering children and finding out about the benefits and rewards of the ‘Fostering Lifestyle’.

We look forward to seeing you there!!!!

Of course you don’t have to wait until the weekend to discover more about fostering

If you think you could offer a stable and loving home to a Muslim child right now, please contact our recruitment team on 020 8427 3355. As an alternative, our national line is 0330 311 2845. A foster carer must have a spare room and be able to create a place where a child can have a sense of permanency and security. It should; most of all, be somewhere that they can start to begin to learn to trust. If you can offer this, you will be making a huge difference to the life of a vulnerable child.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have

There are a number of questions (FAQs) that we are routinely asked: what is the fostering allowance when fostering a child? Types of fostering to consider, foster carer requirements, can you foster a child if you are in a same sex relationship and can you foster if you are over fifty years of age? How long does it take to become a foster carer? Our website has a lot of general information about uk fostering – and we would welcome any feedback you might care to share with us.

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