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South Asian families urged to foster as number of children in care continues to grow

The Fostering Team is urging South Asian families in West Yorkshire to sign-up to become foster families for children in the care system

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An organisation that seeks to transform the lives of children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and abuse is urging people from the South Asian community to register to become foster carers for children in the care system.

The Fostering Team is encouraging South Asian families to sign up to become foster families. As the number of children in care continues to grow, matching them with the right carers is becoming increasingly difficult.

Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “Children who cannot be looked after by their own family have a right to special care and must be looked after properly, by people who respect their ethnic group, religion, culture and language”.

Carefully matching children with families who share the same culture and background, is important so that children do not lose their identity or are being forced to fit into a family or society that they do not feel a part of, which can lead to placement breakdowns and further disruption to their lives.

Black and Asian children are disproportionately represented in the ‘looked after’ system and among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, which is why it is important to The Fostering Team to increase the number of South Asian foster families, especially in West Yorkshire.

Only 15% of foster carers are from a non-white background which is having a major impact on South Asian children.

The latest figures show that there are 80,000 looked-after children, compared with 69,000 in 2015. Asian children account for 3,480 children in looked-after-care, around 4% of the total children in the care system.  According to Home Office statistics, only 15% of foster carers are from a non-white background which is having a major impact on South Asian children.

Evidence shows that there is a ‘delay’ in young South Asian children in finding suitable families and that white families often reject Black and Asian children.

When children experience the ‘delay’, they often feel isolation, alienation, and instability. The experience of racism means that they are forced to confront difficult issues of identity relating to their ethnicity, culture, and language, which can be particularly traumatic for those who have lost contact with their birth families and communities.

These experiences can lead to difficulties in forming safe and lasting relationships, achieving at school and in taking their full potential as citizens and parents in our society

Anthony Turner, registered manager at The Fostering Team said; “We are currently searching for South Asian families to help close the gap of representation. If you feel you have

the time, commitment, and empathy to help children and young people who are coming from various cultural backgrounds and faiths, with a stable home, please contact Anthony at The Fostering Team on 0161 483 4769.

“Not only will this allow South Asian families to be a good match for children of the same culture and faith, but they will also have the power to change the perception other ethnicities have about the South Asian community.”

To foster, families need to have at least one spare bedroom in their home free and can live with multi-generational families if every adult is part of the fostering process. Lots of training will be provided during the process of becoming a foster parent as well as continued learning and development throughout your career as a foster carer.

The Fostering Team also provides families who work with additional training and support. Families can also choose the age and sex of the child they want to foster.

For more information, please visit The Fostering Team here or via email at info@thefosteringteam.co.uk or the telephone at 0161 483 4769

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