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UK’s first Islamic Guidance Document on Adoption and Fostering published

Penny Appeal publishes groundbreaking document in response to FOI request

The Penny Appeal Adoption and Fostering team have collaborated with over 60 Islamic scholars from across the UK to compile an Islamic Adoption and Fostering Guide.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request carried out by Penny Appeal in 2015 found that there are over 4,000 Muslim children in foster care each year, over half of whom spend some time living in non-Muslim homes.

The new booklet covers the faith's perspective and virtues on adoption and fostering. Tailored speci?cally to the Muslim community, the guide is designed to highlight the position of the Muslim faith for those who are unsure about becoming foster carers or adopters.

The Islamic Adoption Guide and research is available as a free download, and will be distributed to Adoption and Fostering providers and Islamic Centres throughout the UK.

Islamic scholars have written a Khutba (speech), which will be read out at Friday prayer in local areas before recruitment events are held and is also available as an appendix at the back of the full guidance document.

Savita de Sousa, consultant on black, minority and ethnic (BME) issues and private fostering with CoramBAAF, which supported the production of the groundbreaking document as a member of the research group, said:

"There is currently a national shortage of foster carers and adopters from all communities, including vulnerable children and young people from Muslim backgrounds who, for whatever reason, need a family to care for them.

"The Penny Appeal's Islamic Guidance Document on Adoption and Fostering is the first of its kind, with leading UK scholars, community leaders and sector professionals echoing the communal obligation to care for vulnerable children in the care system. 100 UK leading Imams, community leaders and social care professionals have put their names to endorse the recommendations. 

 "CoramBAAF welcomes this development and is proud to have been involved as part of the research group led by Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, research fellow from the Centre for Trust Peace and social relations at Coventry University."

For the booklet, click here. For a summary, click here.