The experiences of Muslim foster carers and prospective foster carers are explored in a report launched today by leading fostering charity The Fostering Network. 

The Muslim Fostering Project report summarises the findings of a national programme which was led by The Fostering Network in partnership with Mercy Mission UK and funded by the Better Community Business Network. 

On Saturday, Yvonne Worsell, a foster carer with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, was presented with The Fostering Network’s Outstanding Contribution to Foster Care Award at the annual Northern Ireland Foster Care Awards. The awards are hosted by The Fostering Network in partnership with the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.

Following the announcement from the Department for Education about further investment of £10 million in Staying Put – the scheme which allows care experienced young people in England to remain living with their former foster carers after they turn 18 – Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: ‘Staying Put has the potential to change the lives of generations of young people l

Kay Jackson, a prominent member of the fostering community in Scotland and foster carer with Barnardo’s Scotland fostering service, has been awarded The Fostering Network’s President’s Award. The award, which is part of The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards, recognises Kay’s outstanding contribution to fostering over more than quarter of a century.

Michelle Donelan, the new interim Children’s Minister at the Department for Education, has a vital role to play in making foster care in England the very best it can be. Here’s just five issues, of many, for her to tackle as a matter of urgency if we are to see improved stability and outcomes for looked after children. 

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