About Foster Friday

Raising awareness about fostering within the Muslim community

On the day, during the Jummah Khutbah (Friday Sermon), mosques across the country will talk about the important role foster carers play and the need for more foster carers from a variety of backgrounds to come forward to meet the current gaps within the sector which sees a shortfall of Muslim foster carers.

May 20 2022
Foster Friday '#FosteringCommunities' - Now in its 6th year the Foster Friday campaign has helped raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about fostering in the Muslim community. This year Foster Friday is taking place during the Fostering Networks national campaign, Foster Care Fortnight, taking place from 9th to 22nd May. Mosques will have option to do the sermon on Friday 13th or 22nd May.

Why get involved?

There is an urgent need to recruit more foster carers and adopters from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

There are a number of barriers and misconceptions that deter Muslim people from taking the next step in fostering a child despite expressing the desire to do so.

Foster Friday Information Event

This event is the final part of our Foster Friday Campaign from 9th May to 20th May 2022.

Throughout this fortnight we are encouraging all mosques and Muslim communities to talk about fostering and the need for Muslim heritage children to have carers of the same heritage and match. As a final event for this fortnight - this online fostering information event will talk about what fostering is and how it works as well as give you the opportunity to listen to Muslim foster carers and ask them about their experiences. We also plan to have one of our faith advisors with us so you can ask any fostering related questions that you might have and get direct advice from an imam.

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Concerns about Fostering

From data that was conducted, here are some concerns that individuals have about fostering:

0 concerned their housing is not adequate

0 concerned regarding their age

0 concerned their finances not being in a good position

0 More concerned about government looking into history

However we want to send the message that one of the most important aspects is the ability to love and care for a child and give them a stable home.

We know that Muslim children are disproportionately represented within the care system and we urgently need to work on bridging these gaps and making foster care a more accessible option for BAME Muslim individuals who wish to foster.

There has been keen interest from within the communities who would like to foster but may have concerns they want to address and this day provides ample opportunity for people to seek advice and guidance on the next steps to make that journey possible.

Wish to apply?

Foster Friday takes place on 13th and 22nd May and is an opportunity for raising awareness about fostering within the Muslim community with a particular focus on bringing in more BAME foster carers into the sector. Please register to help us get the message out.

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