Fostering within the Sikh community
We know that the Sikh religion is based upon principles of giving and service to others. Perhaps that’s why people from the Sikh community make excellent foster carers. ‘Sewa’ or service, is an important part of a Sikh person’s journey. Fostering, although a paid career, could be the biggest ‘sewa’ you ever do.
It is never guaranteed you will be a foster carer to a child of a Sikh background and culture. At Capstone we believe to be a successful foster carer you must have the desire to support a child or young person to build a brighter future regardless of race and religion.
Find out more from your local team
Speak to your local fostering team if you would like to know more on 0800 012 4004. Send us an enquiry form today so we can get in touch with you. You can also keep up to date with our events and news by joining our Facebook page.
What our foster carers say
When our son went to university we thought the time was right to foster, as it’s something we’d always thought about. The whole process was an eye opener, as we didn’t realise how many children from our own culture were in care. At age 5 the little boy we foster had a mental age of 2 due to neglect. Helping him to get back on track has been the hardest thing we have ever done, but with the support of our family and our social worker, we’ve had the most rewarding experience.
Sandeep and Ranjit, Foster Carers
Why do we need Sikh foster carers?
We are looking for foster carers from the Sikh community because more and more children are coming into care from a Sikh, Punjabi or Indian background. We want to offer these children a fostering family that matches the culture they are used to, or can identify with most. Although some young people are only fostered for a few weeks, sometimes children are fostered more long term. That’s why it’s important to consider the young person’s identity and background when matching them with foster carers.
How can Capstone support Sikh foster carers?
We are a large agency working across most parts of England. We have 16 local offices and the locations include East London, Hounslow, Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds and more. Regardless of where you live in England, we can usually support you from one of our local offices. We have a diverse team of admin, social workers and senior management, some of whom are from the Sikh community. With our expertise and understanding of different cultures, we can form a good relationship with you, to support and understand your needs.
What do you need to become a foster carer?
- A spare room
- Commitment to support a child who may have suffered trauma or abuse
- Willing to support a diverse range of children
- Spare time
- Common sense
- Desire to make a difference
- Lots of energy!