Muslim Foster Network
BECOME A FOSTER CARER
There is currently a huge shortfall in the number of Muslim foster carers. An increasing number of Muslim children who have been taken into care are now being placed outside of their faith tradition.
The Muslim Foster Network (MFN) are committed to ensuring the best outcome for these children. The Muslim Foster Network is an initiative of Mercy Mission UK. Their work is focused on providing information and awareness on fostering in the UK for those individuals wishing to become foster carers. They work with selected agencies and local authorities to make this happen. As a recognised community development organisation, they use community infrastructure and experience to support as many Muslims as possible in this incredibly humbling and rewarding journey.
- 3,000 Muslim children coming into care each year, half living with carers of a different or no faith.
- There is a need for more Muslim foster carers. Brent Feb 2016 '44 Muslim children in care, only 4 Muslim families available'.
- Over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone (for all foster children) to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.
- Nearly 64,000 children live with almost 55,000 families across the UK each day. This is nearly 80% of the 81,000 children in care away from home in the UK (www.fosteringnetwork.org.uk).
- 1,693 unaccompanied minors entered the UK in 2017 mainly from Muslim countries Sudan, Eritrea, Albania, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Syria (www.refugeecouncil.org.uk).