Muslim Foster Care with Welcome
Welcome Foster Care is based in East London and is known for it’s diversity, which includes a strong community of muslim foster carers. We have a diverse range of both foster carers and staff that is a reflection of the London demographic range of cultures, faiths, and beliefs. Welcome’s team members speak 21 different languages and our strength is in our focus on diversity and difference.
While we are based in South East London, we work in North and East London as well as Essex. We are always seeking new carers. There is a shortage of carers in general, possibly as many as 10,000 children need placement across the UK. In London, we are especially in need of Muslims – carers who can provide a happy, safe, caring and supportive environment for foster children and young people.
What do you need to have and be to become a Welcome foster carer? First of all, you must have a spare bedroom and the time and energy to commit to fostering. Beyond that, you can be single or married, a home owner or renter, and you can be unemployed or working. You do need experience in caring for children and young people but you do not need to have formal qualifications.
During the assessment process before you are approved as a foster carer, there are a number of checks conducted, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) on all household members over the age of 16. In addition, we will check with your local authority or health trust social work service and the education department.
A check with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) ensures that those prevented from working with children are not approved as foster carers. Your home will undergo a standard safety check. References will be requested from previous employers and personal references from two people who have known you for at least two years.
Being a foster carer who is Muslim is important for Muslim children in foster care. These children need homes where their religious practice is supported and respected. Being able to celebrate Islamic holidays and Islam traditions maintains a cultural continuity for a child in care.
We make all efforts to see that foster children are placed with families who share their faith, religion, and cultural heritage. Continuity is important in the lives of vulnerable foster children who have been removed from their birth family due to a traumatic event or series of events. Most of our placements involve children aged 11 or older.
Carers are the heartbeat of our foster care system. Muslim foster carers are desperately needed to help us fulfil our mandate of providing every foster child with the best possible chance of having a positive outcome in life, which should be their right from birth. As well as ongoing training & support, foster carers are assigned a dedicated social worker who is available to help with any issues that might arise.
If you are interested in becoming a loving Muslim foster carer, our agency is eager to recruit you into our community of foster parents. For more information about becoming a foster carer, contact Welcome Foster Care on 020 3397 3332 or simply click here.