How can we complain if we’re not stepping up to the plate to take care of our own children?
The woman has been banned by her local council for failing to prevent the teenager from getting baptised, even though the girl was 16 and made up her own mind to change religion.
The carer, a churchgoer in her 50s who has fostered more than 80 children, has now been forced to move out of her home.
She has lost the farmhouse she rented to look after vulnerable teenagers, due to the loss of income.
From the net, a 2002 article by Catherine England, published in Aziza magazine. Read it.
We get calls for muslim (foster) families, for muslim children…and we can’t place them. When everyone says no, that means they are placed where ever the state can place them. That will be within a culture and a religion that is foreign to them. Every day they are within a non muslim home diminishes their religion identity.
– Molly Dagget, MSW, Lutheran Social Services
Foster parenting is when an individual is interested in providing stability for a child who has been removed from the care of his or her family due to a situation in which the biological parents are no longer able to care of the child. According to experts, this is many times due to abuse or neglect.
When a child is taken out of the home, the first option is for relatives to care for them, Mohmand-Farhad said.
In the case of Muslim children, if that’s not possible, the agency tries to place them with a Muslim family in the community.
“But if no one steps forward, then the child is placed with whoever can take them,” she said. “In foster care, no religion is supposed to be imposed on the children, but it’s still always nice to have your own religion or your own culture available to you.”
Shaikh Yassir Fazaga, imam and religious director at the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, Calif., said the Muslim community is obliged to care for foster children.
“This is a communal obligation,” he said. “If enough individuals have done it, than the community as a whole fulfills the obligation. But if we don’t have enough foster parents, then as a community, we have to re-evaluate the situation.”
Foster Care Link – organization for fostering muslim kids in the UK