My Foster Family is a bespoke recruitment and training specialist that caters for a diverse range of families in the UK looking to begin their own journey in fostering.
In 2017, Mercy Mission and The Fostering Network with the support Better Communities Business Network (BCBN) launched the Muslim Fostering Project.
The Fostering Network carried out a detailed study of understanding the barriers to recruiting Muslim foster carers. The report has been launched on 25th November 2019.
The objectives of the Muslim Fostering Project:
- Identify the number of Muslim children being fostered at any one time;
- Build a picture of the number of Muslim children being placed with non-Muslim foster carers, and the reasons behind these decisions;
- Build a picture of the experiences of Muslim foster carers and those who enquire but do not proceed to become foster carers;
- Explore the recruitment and retention of Muslim foster carers, highlighting barriers and identifying good practice; and
- Review existing resources, training and support available for non-Muslim foster families who foster Muslim children to identify if fit for purpose.
The report highlighted how 80% of applicants from the Muslim community did not go past the initial hiring stage to foster a child and in some areas up to 90% of Muslim children are were placed away from their faith group.
The experience of the Muslim community in England that were outlined in the report explored the following:
- Understanding the Islamic mandate for the care of children.
- Childhood and the forming of identity.
- Identity and the looked after child.
- Religious practice and culture
- Social worker matching.
- Cultural competence, confidence and humility of all those involved in fostering.
The report also contains a literature review which makes a number of recommendations in a bid make improvements in the Muslim fostering sector.