Here at FosterCare UK, we are actively looking for foster carers to help with the high demand of young people and children coming into the care system. In order to foster Muslim children, the same requirements apply as when fostering any child:
- You must be aged at least 21 years old
- You must have a spare bedroom
- You must be in good physical and mental health
- You must be happy fostering children of all backgrounds, religions and cultures
- You must have a good level of English, and be able to advocate for a child if necessary
If this sounds like you, get in touch with our helpful team today.
Demand for Muslim foster care
Alongside the ever-increasing 70,000+ children in the care in the UK (which highlights the demand for foster carers has never been greater), there is also a demand for Muslim foster care. The Penny Appeal – in conjunction with Coventry University – conducted research which found that over 6% of children in their study were Muslim – identifying the need for foster carers of Muslim children.
Whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim, a child’s cultural identity and/or religion is an integral part of their development into adulthood – both on an emotional and intellectual level. That’s why there are certain aspects of fostering Muslim children that must be taken into consideration in order to preserve cultural identity and physical well-being. These considerations could include religious acts such as praying, fasting and eating halal food.
However, it must be noted that while it’s more likely that Muslim foster parents may be matched with a foster child of Muslim background, this is never guaranteed.
Here at FosterCare UK, we have a rigorous matching process, which aims to make cultural and religious matches as and where possible. This also means that carers from the Muslim community must also want to support children of all backgrounds in order to become a foster carer. We’ve supported many people from the Muslim community and watched them succeed in building brighter futures for both Muslim and non-Muslim children in the care system. However, it’s important to note that this does not make us a Muslim fostering agency.
Fostering Muslim children with FosterCare UK
As an independent fostering agency with over ten years of experience in the industry, FosterCare UK is the perfect choice for fostering Muslim children or if you are a Muslim who is wanting to become a foster parent.
We have a diverse staff team supporting over 500 carers, and a significant number of our foster carers are Muslim. 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.
Want to know more about the Muslim foster network or fostering Muslim children? Get in touch with our expert team today who can provide more support and advice.