Fostering Asian Children in East London
Of the more than 70,000 children in care across the UK, more than 3,000 are Asian or British Asian. Welcome is actively and anxiously looking for potential or existing foster carers. We want you to consider opening your hearts and your homes to Asian children in East London. The more culturally matched the placement is, the better it is for the young person who the local authority has removed from his or her home. In some cases, siblings have been removed together and we would love to place them together.
The reality is that being removed from the family home by the local authority, even if it is a dangerous place to be, is traumatic enough for a child. When the child is also removed from the culture and religion of their family, the trauma is bound to be greater. The more diversity that we can, as an independent fostering agency, provide, the better the outcomes will be for fostered kids.
According to the February 2017 Ofsted update on children’s social care statistics in the UK, the latest figures show that 84% of foster parents are white. Nine local authorities have no long-term carers from minority ethnic groups. Yet every one of these authorities had to find placements for minority ethnic young people.
For a number of years, the profile of the typical foster parent has been transforming into a more open and diverse profile. People new to the notion of fostering may envision a married man and woman taking an infant into care. This is not a realistic image. While the majority of carers are married couples, there is also a significant number who are single, same sex couples, and civil union couples. The majority of kids needing placement are aged 10 and older.
In 2016, Ofsted reported that the number of applications to be a carer dropped by one third. That is a serious shortfall in families for vulnerable young people. Add to that the shortage of minority ethnic families and you can see why Welcome needs you to help in caring for Black and Asian children in East London. In addition, there is a call out for anyone who is interested in becoming a Muslim foster carer.
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, contact us. There are young persons who need you to come forward and provide the care, support, and loving home that will transform their lives. We offer a professional environment and plenty of experience to help you in any placement.
To find out more about becoming part of the Welcome team including what is required of you, and the education, training, and services we provide, contact us. We can discuss the application process with you. As a quick overview of what will happen, our social worker will make several home visits. You will also have health and police checks. When you are approved, our support continues. You become part of our team and there is always a specialist available to work with you. Welcome Foster Care provides ongoing training and generous allowances.