Often children who have come to the UK as refugees have already experienced some level of emotional or physical trauma. Refugee children will be fostered up until the age of 18. At this age, they are then left to lead an independent life, often without any support. At MFN we recognise the need for extended support and want to change this.
We believe that refugee children need the support of foster parents not just up until the age of 18 and should be given the opportunity to build long lasting relationships and a network of support. Those refugees who are left to fend for themselves once they turn 18 may experience significant problems in remaining in the U.K, finding a place to stay, progressing their education or even finding employment.
With the support of the local authority Independent Visitor Scheme, MFN has developed a mentoring program to build relationships between approved individuals and refugee Children. This will ensure these children and the families looking after them have direct support and access to the local community. At the same time, MFN will partner with National Zakat Foundation (NZF) to provide financial assistance to 18 year olds to help provide a seamless transition out of care.