Thursday, 27 May 2010

Fostering phone-in for Muslim Community

As part of Foster Care Fortnight, St Christophers's Fostering has organised a radio phone-in for members of the Muslim community to find out more about foster care.

There is a growing need for Muslim foster carers to look after children and asylum seekers, particularly from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Bangladesh.

St Christopher’s Fostering, a registered charity, aims to grow its Muslim carer base to help plug this gap and is highlighting the need for more Muslim Carers during Fostercare Fortnight with a live call-in on Panjab Radio (Sky0103/DAB).

The call-in aims to recruit Muslim carers, particularly in the Greater London area but also aims to answer some of the common concerns and misconceptions surrounding fostering and Islam. The show takes place between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday 1st June.

Three of our Muslim carers will take to the microphone offering a question and response session for listeners to call in and ask questions in English, Urdu and Punjabi. One of whom, Shahida, commented:

“Some Muslims may not know for example, that the Prophet Mohammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)) was given to another family to be looked after by them until the age of two. It was considered that the desert air was better for children’s well being and was also a tradition in the tribe to give their children away for a few years for a ‘better’ way of life. The Prophet Mohammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) also fostered an orphan boy named Zaid.”

Javaid, another of our Muslim carer’s said:

“In Islam it says that if anyone needs you and you can help them, then you should. When we realised that we could do this, we had absolutely no doubts in wanting to foster, if there is anything we could do to help, we have and always will.”

The message we want to convey is that fostering is a form of charity or Al Zakat and also to deal with the differences between fostering and adoption.

For more information call free on 0800 234 6282, see www.stchris.org.uk/fostering OR call Panjab Radio between 3.30pm and 4pm on Tuesday June 1st on 0208 848 7979

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

96% of St Christopher's carers say the training and support offered to us from initial enquiry right the way through; is second to none.

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