The Salience of Islam to Muslim Heritage Children’s Experiences of Identity, Family, and Well-Being in Foster Care

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    Abstract

    All children need permanent and secure homes in which they can explore their identities and evolve as human beings, citizens, and family members, and within which can they have a sense of security, continuity, stability, and belonging. There are approximately 4500 children of Muslim heritage in the care system in England and Wales, and this number is increasing. Using case studies that emerged from qualitative fieldwork, this article examines the role and impact of religion on children’s journeys through the care system, particularly in foster care. This article concludes that irrespective of the level of engagement Muslim heritage children in the care system have with their religious heritage, Islam has an enduring impact on how they perceive their identities. As a result, there is a pressing need for social workers and foster carers who care for these children to gain greater insights into Islam and Muslim culture. Such insights and understandings will help children settle faster and form stronger bonds of attachment with their foster carers, and in the long term, this will enhance life outcomes for these children.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number381
    Number of pages12
    JournalReligions
    Volume12
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2021

    Bibliographical note

    This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and
    conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

    Funder

    DFE via Penny Appeal

    Keywords

    • Islam
    • Muslims
    • children in care
    • adoption
    • identity
    • looked-after children
    • foster care
    • faith
    • Britain
    • orphans
    • Orphans
    • Faith
    • Foster care
    • Children in care
    • Looked-after children
    • Identity
    • Adoption

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies

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