Foster care can be an important part of the care choices for children. When foster care is administered appropriately, with the proper mechanisms, structures and resources, it allows children to remain in a loving and caring family while authorities work towards family reintegration or permanent.

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Foster Care in Islamic Contexts


Two major challenges are often faced when promoting foster care as a potential alternative care solution in non-western countries, and Islamic contexts in particular. The first is linked to religious beliefs, cultural values and social norms, and the second is more a question of how foster care is conceived of and promoted in practice.

To help address these challenges, this practice guide has been developed. The aim of this guide is to help frontline practitioners, including social workers, support workers, and their managers, as well as policymakers at national level, to understand the issues they might face in developing and delivering foster care in an Islamic context.

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Losing the Care of a Parent

This report explores what family means to children and adults in five countries using the digital storytelling technique.

Digital storytelling uses storytelling methods to gain deep insights into feelings and experiences. Participants create individual stories about aspects of their own lives using still images and sound. Stories range from the impacts on children of family separation, multiple. View report in English and Spanish.


Strategies for delivering safe and effective foster care

The evidence presented in this report suggests that there is no one blueprint of universal elements for successful foster care programmes. Those developing and delivering foster care programmes must carefully examine their specific local context and adapt programmes accordingly.

However, there are some core components that all foster care programmes must have to ensure that they are safe and effective in meeting children’s needs.

Every child deserves the permanent care of a safe family and access to alternative care when needed. Read the full report here.


A spotlight on foster care

In recent years, there has been a rapid expansion in foster care programmes in low and middle-income
countries, often in an attempt to develop more appropriate alternatives to the use of large-scale institutional care for children who cannot be cared for by their own families. Yet research, knowledge and understanding on how to deliver effective, safe foster care programmes in such contexts is often missing (Family for Every Child, 2015a). View the report in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.


The place of foster care

Foster care can be an important part of the continuum of care choices for children. When foster care is administered appropriately, with the proper mechanisms, structures and resources, it allows children to remain in a loving and caring family while authorities work towards family reintegration or permanent alternatives.

This report is the product of an extensive global literature review of over 170 documents, interviews with key global and national NGOs, academic institutions, child protection networks, governments and the social work sector and the expertise of seven Family members. View the report in English.