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Sep 19 2013

Harrow looks for more Asian foster carers

harrow_council_logo2Harrow looks for more Asian foster carers

  • More Asian children in care than Asian foster carers
  • Continuous need for foster carers of all backgrounds to come forward

Harrow Council is calling for more people of Asian descent to come forward as foster carers.

Harrow has one of the largest Asian populations in London and currently 19% of children in foster care are Asian, compared to only 6.7% of foster carers. Where possible, the Council looks to match children with families of the same ethnic background and religion so the child feels comfortable and can have a positive sense of their identity.

Harrow Council believes a lack of understanding about what fostering is, the support on offer and who can be a foster carer is preventing people from coming forward. They include misconceptions that you cannot foster if you are single, unemployed or do not own your own home. The Council is launching an information campaign among the borough’s Asian community leaders and faith groups to overcome those barriers.
Harrow Council Ex-Portfolio Holder for Children and Families Cllr Zarina Khalid said: “We are always looking for foster carers of all backgrounds to provide a loving and supportive family environment in which children can flourish. However, in recent years it has become clear that there are far more Asian children in care than Asian foster carers. We have been looking into the reasons why and it is clear that people have not considered the idea because they don’t think they are eligible.  Our foster families say fostering is the most rewarding thing they have ever done. We want people to know they have the same opportunity to change a child’s life.”

Sejal Barot, 38, currently fosters two children in Harrow and has been fostering for four and a half years. She said: “I knew nothing about fostering before I first heard about it and decided I wanted to do it.  My friends and family were shocked when I first told them I was a foster carer. They were very curious and asked lots of questions. I think it would be great to see a lot more Asian people become foster carers, as it is very rewarding and you are doing a great thing to help a child.”

Foster carers provide a safe and secure home to children, either on a long term or short term basis. There are 175 Harrow children in care at the moment and the council has 58 fostering households (single carers or couples). The number of children in need of a placement at any one time can fluctuate. There is a need for carers who can look after siblings, and take mother and baby placements.

Foster carers receive a weekly payment, comprehensive and continuous training and ongoing support from social workers. Each carer has their own dedicated supervising social worker and there are monthly support groups and a network of other carers to offer help and support.

To find out more about being a foster carer call 0800 0641000, emailfpuduty@harrow.gov.uk Or log onto: www.harrow.gov.uk/fostering

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2 comments

  1. Jeremy Zeid UKIP Harrow

    My neighbours are Asian and wanted to become foster parents. After over a year of form filling, questioning, vetting etc. they were told that their upbringing was “privileged”, she’d gone to a private school, and that such a privileged upbringing could be a disadvantage to children in their care as the latter hadn’t had such upbringing. That Ladies and Gentlemen is the stupid, ignorant, leftist mindset of the morons that infect like a bad smell, so many layers of government, organisations and council. The result is that Harrow lost an outstanding set of booster parents. And where do they live? A castle, a 6 bed mansion with Greek style portico, perhaps a Mayfair penthouse… Nope, a simple 3 bed semi in Kenton. The lesson is simple, if you want to foster, deal with Barnet, because the MORONS in Harrow are too preoccupied with blinkered political correctness and their own overblown egos. Time for a radical clear out of the Marxist dross that infests Harris’s socialist disservices.

  2. Jeremy Zeid UKIP Harrow

    Apologies for typos. Predictive text fail again

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