It is estimated that there is currently a shortfall of around 10,000 foster carers in the UK that are needed to provide a loving and stable home for a foster child. There is also a specific need for more Muslim foster carers who can look after Muslim children to enable them to practice and understand their faith. We welcome foster carers from diverse backgrounds and are aware that many non-Muslim carers may need support in meeting the needs of Muslim children who are under their care.
The Muslim Foster Network strives to provide a solution to this ongoing problem by raising awareness about the importance of fostering, educating carers from non-Muslim households and opening up opportunities for those interested to become fully fledged foster carers.
Many foster carers who are not familiar with Islam struggle to provide an appropriate diet, mother language, religious teaching, understanding of customs, values, etiquettes stemming from cultural heritage, all of which leads to a loss of identity and problems in later life for the child.
The Muslim Foster Network aims to address both Muslims and Non-Muslim carers and support them to thrive in providing a nurturing, stable and loving environment which also fits in with a child’s religious and cultural needs. This enables foster children to protect their identity and further excel in life.