What We Do

Every 20 minutes another child comes into care needing a foster family. Due to the shortage of Muslim Foster carers, most children need to be placed outside of their faith group.  MFN works with the local community, carers, national fostering agencies and local authorities to improve the chances of successful placements.

MFN take pride in our effective community awareness program which aims raise awareness on the need for Muslim foster carers within the UK.  We work extensively with renowned Islamic institutions and community organisations at the grassroots level to encourage diverse support for this initiative.

The project has garnered interest from both local press and national media and we aim to further promote the cause with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), prominent Scholars, authors and journalists to ensure the issue is given greater coverage across all mediums.

Our community awareness events take place across the country and provide visitors with an invaluable insight into fostering. The program enables potential foster carers to learn about how Islam views fostering, the benefits of becoming a foster carer and impartial advice on caring for a child. We hold Q&A opportunities on the topic of foster caring and hold a diverse range of events which can provide you with all the information you need to start your journey in becoming a foster carer and understand the responsibilities of this well-respected role in Islam.

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Muslim Foster Network has created a comprehensive half-day training on fostering for all those who are interested in taking up this rewarding role. The training enables you to obtain detailed information on fostering with the aim of creating a better understanding of the reality of fostering a child.

We benefit you by providing insider perspectives on what it is really like to be a foster carer and work with existing carers who can give you firsthand information on the subject.

We have formed long-term partnerships with local authorities and foster agencies around the UK to ensure that you receive the ongoing support needed to become a successful foster carer and enable you to get the guidance you need in taking that first step towards your fostering journey!

We aim to support you every step of the way. Sign up today for more information on this rewarding position.  

The Muslim Foster Network has a created a guide to fostering that helps in supporting potential carers to understand the needs of Muslim children coming into foster care and the backgrounds from which these children may have come from.  All children need stability and continuity in care and we aim to shed light on this.

Through a lack of understanding about the Muslim faith there are often questions like ‘can you not eat bacon?’ and ‘is there a reason you don’t have a boyfriend?’. These questions can often make the child feel uncomfortable and may affect the child’s confidence to express their beliefs.

Despite the fact that most carers ask these questions due to lack of understanding about the Islamic faith, there has been concerns in finding the right placements for Muslim children which is why we need better interfaith understanding for Non-Muslim foster carers and more Muslim foster carers willing to do the Sunnah act of fostering.

Our guide ensures that potential foster carers can take on a sensitive and religiously tolerant approach to a Muslim foster child. The guide explores all the key issues that were raised with us from children, social workers, industry professionals and Islamic commentators in an easy to understand format. We have an app version also available, which can be downloaded below.

Order a hard copy here.

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MFN is committed to effectively supporting and promoting fostering within the community and has carried out research into the area to further establish key ways to move forward. We have identified the lack of Muslim foster carers within the UK and are establishing links with key organisations to overcome this problem.

 9,000 foster families are needed in the next 12 months.

MFN will partner with The Foster Network to carry our research into the needs of Muslim Children in Care across the UK.  This essential research will highlight the most critical issues and allow us to focus our efforts in areas of greatest need. It will also provide us with further development to improve our services and enable individuals to give the best level of care to a child.

In 2016, 3175 separated children claimed asylum in the UK.

A substantial percentage of the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) arriving in the U.K. come from Muslim countries.  Despite, the terrible experience most of these children faced on this treacherous journey, they then join a child care system which is already at breaking point.  MFN will work with the Refugee Council to identify where our work can have the greatest impact.

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.

Click here for more information on our mentoring program.