We will be hosting a series of events for our national awareness campaign – Foster Friday.
Established in 2017 by the Muslim Foster Network, Foster Friday is the UK’s biggest day for raising awareness about fostering within the Muslim community.
In 2018 Foster Friday took place during Foster Care Fortnight which is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering across the UK.
This year, Foster Friday will be expanded beyond the Muslim community with many different groups participating across the country to reach potential foster carers from all faith groups and ethnicities. Working in partnership with The Muslim Council of Britain, last year 180 mosques across the UK received a campaign toolkit, which included marketing materials and a guide on delivering a lecture on fostering to the Muslim community. This empowered and encouraged Imams to discuss fostering during their Friday sermon, which is the biggest weekly gathering of Muslims across the UK.
This year we envisage that many mosques will take part again. Following Foster Friday we will be embarking on a roadshow across England to engage with the community and raise awareness about our work and the urgent need for new carers.
The key theme and focus of Foster Friday 2019 will be on ‘Caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children.’
This year’s events will offer an opportunity for fostering services, the third sector, faith groups, businesses, and local communities to work together in supporting thousands of UASC living in care and also care leavers.
Please also show your support for Foster Friday on Social Media with these four easy steps:
1. Download and print our “I support fostering” template
2. Add your name to the template
3. Take a picture
4. Post on social media with #FF2019