Charity launches drive to recruit Muslim adopters

Published: 27.04.17

A humanitarian charity is to launch the UK’s first programme dedicated to tackling the shortage of Muslim applicant to adopt children.
Charity launches drive to recruit Muslim adopters

The Penny Appeal, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has won £200,000 funding from the Department for Education to support the 12-month project.

Some 2,000 of the 70,000 children in care in 2015 were of Muslim heritage, a Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed. The current figure is expected to be higher as a number of recently arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK are of Muslim heritage.

Very few Muslims apply to foster or adopt and since 2015 the Penny Appeal has been running a unique referral service offering information and support to would-be foster carers of all backgrounds.

The Penny Appeal has invited a group of prominent Islamic scholars to write a guidance document to clarify the religious stance on adoption and fostering.

The initiative will focus on the Midlands, which has a high proportion of Muslim residents, a large number of children being taken into care and the highest percentage of Muslim children being placed in non-Muslim foster homes.

Over the course of the project, the Penny Appeal’s adoption and fostering team will attend dozens of events in community centres and mosques to raise awareness of adoption.

Alongside the recruitment drive, the charity will be training social workers to help them provide better support to Muslim applicants and adopters.