Meeting cultural needs of unaccompanied children

pic2Rehana and Bechir have fostered unaccompanied minors with Capstone for over a decade. Rehana speaks several languages and has a diverse understanding of different cultures.

Rehana acts as a mentor for other foster carers who are supporting unaccompanied minor children. For example, she will give advice to other carers about what to prepare at meals times, to accommodate and support a young person from another country to settle in and feel at home.

The couple also aspire to attain positive outcomes in education for the young people they support. They have supported Arsalan to study Maths at University, here is what he has to say about his experience: “I came as an unaccompanied minor when I was 10 years old. I started to attend school and eventually made my way to secondary school where I did my GCSE’s and A levels and was able to complete them with an A* in Maths, A in Chemistry and a B in Further Maths. These grades allowed me to attend Queen Mary, University of London, where I am currently studying Maths. My teenage years were great and I was brought up in a loving, caring and structured family. We have many good memories and spent quality time at home and on trips. They paved the way for a brighter future for me.”

In the photo, Rehana and Bechir take a selfie with their two sons and Arsalan (in red). Also in the photo is another young man they fostered, with his wife and children.

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