At Capstone Foster Care, we strongly believe that every child deserves to be placed in a loving and supportive home that respects their unique beliefs and values. If you’re a Muslim looking to foster, the following guide explores our ethos, foster care requirements and the support we offer to Muslim foster children.
There are currently thought to be over 3,000 Muslim children in foster care in the UK, which is disproportionate to the amount of Muslim foster carers. This means that Muslim foster children are often matched with foster carers from different religious and cultural backgrounds.
However, there are many rewards of fostering a child or young person who has the same faith as you.
In cases of Muslim unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, settling in a new country can be challenging. Connecting with your foster child over religion can help their confidence by giving them a sense of familiarity.
At Capstone Foster Care, equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice is at the core of all we do. Our priority is to ensure that every child and young person in foster care is protected against discrimination against their gender, race, sex, age, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, beliefs or ethnicity. Foster carers should be open to supporting children and young people who are of different religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as children from LGBTQ+ communities who may have questions about same-sex relationships. Equally, we work hard to ensure that every individual, no matter their background or protected characteristics, has the opportunity to become a foster carer.
It's important that we match our children and young people in foster care with foster carers who can ensure their cultural and religious needs are met. That’s why, where possible we’ll make sure that foster children and young people are placed with carers who are of the same religion and culture that they are.
Whilst there is a higher chance that Muslim foster parents may be matched to foster a child of a Muslim background, this is never guaranteed.
Ensuring your foster child’s cultural and religious needs are met is extremely important to their overall development. Therefore, it’s crucial that you respect and support their religious beliefs and practices, even if you yourself are not religious.
With that said, one of the keys to long-term success in foster care is having access to a good support network. With Capstone Foster Care, you’ll be fully supported, even if your foster child is not of the same religion as you, as we provide extensive resources, training and support.
When fostering practising Muslim children, you can also access a plethora of support from the Muslim community. As a result, your foster child(ren) can develop a real connection to their religious community, as well as their foster parents. This is extremely important when raising a Muslim foster child, as it’s crucial that they feel in touch with their religion and the wider religious community.
The same foster care requirements apply to all of our foster carers. If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, you must:
Whether you are single or part of a couple, fostering is the perfect choice for a rewarding career that provides a loving and nurturing home to a young person in need. Find out more about the foster care requirements now.
At Capstone Foster Care, we have over 150 staff supporting carers all across England. Our local teams work closely with the carers in their area to provide personalised support to each foster family. We work hard to maintain the family feel of all our local offices, so that we can offer carers the best of both worlds – the resources and expertise of a large agency with the family feel that carers really value.
Want to know more about Muslim fostering and how we can support you? Fill in the enquiry form below or call us on 0800 012 4004. A member of our expert team will be happy to help answer your questions.
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