Posted: Wednesday 7th February 2018
People from all faiths are being urged to consider if fostering might be a way to fill their homes and hearts with love. Regardless of the religion you practice, if you are willing to place the needs of children first and accept that they may have beliefs that are different to yours, we would love to hear from you.
Muslim foster carer, Haleema Khan, who, along with husband Mohammed, has been fostering for over 11 years said: “We have two foster children at present (as well as having fostered other children in the past) who are aged 13 and 11 and every year we celebrate Christmas with them. We put up a tree, decorations and have a turkey for dinner. One of my foster children was keen to participate in Ramadan and celebrate Eid with us and we welcomed it.
“When it comes to religion, we have always followed parents and children’s wishes like taking children to church. Every religion talks about loving children and all of these children deserve that more than anything else.”
In Hertfordshire there are over 900 children and young people in care and the majority live with Hertfordshire’s foster carers. Each month, we receive an average of 55 requests for new foster placements, with more requests to place children over the age of 10 years, sibling groups and those with more complex needs.
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “If you are thinking of applying to be a foster carer with Hertfordshire County Council, please don’t discount yourself on any grounds including your religion. We welcome foster carers from varied backgrounds, faiths and experiences so we can find a suitable family for every child.”
“Religion can be part of a child’s personal identity, often requiring specialist knowledge such as dietary needs or traditions around festivals such as Christmas. So, as far as possible; we try and match children as closely as we can. However, sometimes this might not be possible and in such an instance we provide support and training to the foster carers and ensure they understand and appreciate the needs of the children in their care and what is expected of them as carers. We have several successful stories of inter-faith fostering in Hertfordshire.”
Anyone who fosters with us can expect unrivalled support. If you are interested in fostering, we’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way. For more information call our friendly fostering recruitment team on 0800 917 0925 or visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/fostering