More foster carers needed for asylum-seeking children in Birmingham
This world refugee day (20 June), we’re raising awareness of how you can help asylum seeking children thousands of miles away from their families and their homes.
We need foster carers to look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Unaccompanied asylum-seeking Children (UASC) are children and young people who are seeking asylum in the UK and who have been separated from their families or carers.
There are lots of reasons why a child or young person may feel forced to flee their own country. Many of children and young people leave their country to escape war or persecution, continuing their journey until they reach a place of safety. When an asylum-seeking child arrives in Birmingham, they become the responsibility of Birmingham Children’s Trust.
How you can help
We believe that every child and young person deserves to live in a safe and loving family environment. That’s why we need foster carers to come forward to care for asylum-seeking children whilst their claims are being processed by the Home Office.
Who are the children?
Most unaccompanied children arriving in Birmingham are older boys, up to the age of 17. Many of them have little or no English and will be adjusting to a completely new culture to the one they knew at home.
All asylum-seeking children have experienced loss and trauma. They need foster carers who can provide a safe and stable home where they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Your love and support could make a real difference to an asylum-seeking young person.
Who can foster asylum-seeking children?
To become a foster carer, you will need to:
- have a spare bedroom
- speak English
- be over 21
The same fostering assessment and checks are required to become a foster carer for asylum seeking children as any other child or young person.