To be able to foster Muslim children, the same fostering requirements apply as when fostering any child:
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With 70,000 children in care in the UK (and with this figure significantly increasing over the last eight years), there is a clear demand for foster carers. The Penny Appeal with Coventry University conducted research which found that over 4,500 children of these children as Muslim – showing that the need for foster cares of Muslim children is great.
It’s also important to note that this figure may be disproportionately represented, as there may be discrepancies in terms of Muslim children who are uncategorised as Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children. Here at Capstone Foster Care, our aim is to provide loving homes for young people and children in care of Muslim religion.
Whether a child is Muslim or non-Muslim, a child or young person’s religious and cultural identity is an integral part of their development, both emotionally and intellectually. There are certain aspects of fostering Muslim children that must be taken into account in order to preserve their religion and physical well-being, such as, eating halal food, fasting and praying – as well as a constant continuing connection with the Muslim community.
While it is more likely that Muslim foster parents may be matched to foster a child of a Muslim background and culture, this is never guaranteed. As part of our careful matching process, we do aim to make cultural and religious matches where possible. Our expectation is that carers from the Muslim community must want to support children of all backgrounds. To be a successful foster carer at Capstone, you must share the desire to support a child or young person to build a brighter future – regardless of race and religion.
We have supported many people from the Muslim community with Islamic beliefs and values to become foster carers, and we’ve watched them succeed in building brighter futures. However, please note that this does not make us a Muslim fostering agency.
Why might Muslim fostering and Capstone Foster Care be a good choice for you? Capstone Foster Care is an independent fostering agency working across most parts of England which means we already have extensive experience of working with foster carers from all backgrounds, including those with Islamic beliefs. Moreover, many of our staff are from Muslim and ethnic minority backgrounds, making us perfectly placed to support you well and to understand you and your needs.
We have a diverse staff team supporting over 500 carers. A significant number of our foster carers are Muslim and, when you become approved as a foster carer, we work hard to match you with a social worker who will get to know you and support your needs, understanding your values. We work hard to maintain the local, family feel of all our offices so that we can offer new carers the best of both worlds – the resources and expertise of a large agency as well as the personal family feel and local support that most carers really value.
To find out more information on the Muslim foster network or fostering Muslim children, please contact our team today by filling out an enquiry form, or call us on 0800 012 4004.
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