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Useful Resources

Whether you are considering foster care or are caring for a Muslim foster child, you will find beneficial information below! If you are in need of a resource you do not see below, please email us and we can create it for you. 

For Those Considering Fostering

Foster System and Islam

Learn about the Islamic perspective on foster care.

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Domestic vs. Refugee Fostering

Learn about the difference between domestic & refugee foster care.

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What is Fostering Like?

Learn more about what it’s like to be a foster parent and what to prepare for.

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How to Find a Fostering Agency

How to choose a foster care agency

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State-specific Information

Learn about your local foster licensing rules & how to find an agency in your area.

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For Foster Agencies & Families Caring for Muslim Youth

First-time Foster Parents – What to Expect?

Learn what to expect when your foster child arrives.

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WEBINAR: Supporting Afghan and Muslim Youth

Learn about the Islamic perspective on foster care and helping children in vulnerable situations.

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Join a Support Group for Foster Families

If you are interested in connecting with other licensed foster parents, please email us and we will try to introduce you to someone in your area.

If you are a licensed Muslim foster parent and would like to be added to the MFCA national database please fill out the form below.

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Connect with a Foster Family

The Muslim Foster Care Association is working on creating a national database of licensed Muslim foster parents who are willing to connect with other licensed foster parents and prospective foster parents.

If you are interested in connecting with other licensed foster parents, please email us and we will try to introduce you to someone in your area.

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Request a Training/Presentation

This form is for any organization who is requesting a speaker from the Muslim Foster Care Association for an informational event about foster care. Please fill out this form and provide as much detail as possible.

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Support & Resources Available for Refugee Youth

This list is of support and resources available for refugee and other foster youth transitioning into Independent Living. 

Find resources on this clickable PDF>>

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the most common questions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email us at mfca@muslimfostercare.org

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What exactly is foster care?

Foster care is the temporary placement of a child that has been removed from their family because of abuse, neglect, war or natural disasters (refugees), or some other reason. In this case, the state becomes the ward of the child in place of the family. Since the abolishment of “orphanages” in the United States, foster families are invited to provide a loving home and family-like environment for the child. 

How do I become a foster parent?

The foster care licensing process involves a number of steps and can take between 3 to 6 months to complete. The first step is to contact a local foster care placement agency and attend an orientation program. You can find out your local placement agencies on this link. Following this, you need to complete the background check, submit an application form, and attend the required training.

Does it take a lot of money to foster a child?

In most states, foster parents receive a stipend to cover the costs of raising a foster child. This often covers clothing, school supplies, and activities. The amount is not substantial but it goes a long way to help.

How long does it take to become licensed for foster care?

The process can take between 3 to 6 months and sometimes longer based on how quickly you can complete each step. Sometimes the process seems daunting, but you need to remember that it is in the best interest of the foster child. It is important to be licensed and keep your license renewed because you can never predict when a child will require a foster family.

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What is the difference between foster care and adoption?

Foster care is meant to be a temporary placement and the state’s first objective is to reunite the child with their biological family. Adoption is permanent. Foster care may or may not result in adoption so it is best to keep that in mind.

Does MFCA help facilitate adoptions?

No, MFCA does not provide this service. It is better to reach out to a local adoption agency. You can find the information here: https://adoptuskids.org/

Can I choose the gender or age of the foster child?

Yes, you have the option to specify the age and gender of the child you wish to foster, during your application process. We do recommend that you keep options open. A child that fits your requirement may not be available for fostering right away, while a child that does not fit your requirements, may be looking for a family for a long time.

Are there any Muslim foster children in my state?

There are many Muslim youth awaiting foster families across the country. If you are a licensed foster family, please connect with us by “liking” our Facebook page, subscribing to our newsletter, or joining our support group on Facebook. We often post information about Muslim foster youth needing placement in those groups. Please email us for more information.

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