Taking Care of Vulnerable Children: Fostering the Future


Annie Shafi
Taking Care of Vulnerable Children: Fostering the Future

There are many foster children who are left vulnerable and in need of real stability in their lives. Fostering enables individuals to provide stability in nurturing family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents or guardians. There are an unprecedented number of children who are put into care by the local authority and removed from their family homes due to a variety of reasons.

There are many foster children that have come from backgrounds such as dealing with domestic violence, verbal or physical abuse, neglect, poverty or death of their biological parents, with no other carer available to look after them. As a consequence, children may be left traumatised, emotionally affected and in need of support and a safe environment to be brought up in.

The role of a foster carer is one that provides love, support and a safe and happy environment for a child or young person and this can only further help to foster a sound future for a child that really deserves it. Foster carers not only have a legal responsibility to look after a child placed in their care but they also have a respected authority in opening up their heart and homes to make a positive impact on a child.

Fostering is a life changing experience that can be rewarding, challenging and empowering. You have the ability to provide for a child through fostering and leave a legacy of kindness, generosity and support.

There is a staggering number of Muslim children that are placed into care and in urgent need of foster carers that can meet their religious, cultural and emotional needs. It has been reported that in 2016 there were 44 Muslim children who were in need of being placed in care in the borough of Brent (Greater London) however, there were only 4 Muslim foster carers available to assist 1. T

The situation is one that is dire and has further exacerbated by the refugee crisis that has hit Europe. Many Muslims are unaware that they have the potential to make a huge difference to a child’s life by creating a ‘home’ from home for a child.

Heartbreakingly, conflict in war-affected countries has resulted in a large number of Muslim children being left without anyone to care for them. Many children have walked thousands of miles, watched their parents suffer and even die, arrive in the UK, to strangers speaking a different language, with a different culture, religion and values. Despite the fact that the UK has a large Muslim population, children are continued to be placed in homes that do not support the child’s religious and cultural needs and this affects the child’s ability to relate and nurture their true identity. Help to foster the future generation today and transform a child’s life by contacting the Muslim Foster Network!

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