Agency calls for more foster homes for sanctuary seeking young people

A faith-based fostering agency is calling for more people to step forward to help young unaccompanied sanctuary seekers arriving in the UK from war-torn countries.
Active Care Solutions (ACS) is actively campaigning to find more potential foster carers to provide safe and stable homes following the recent influx of sanctuary seekers from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
ACS has been providing sanctuary seeking placements for more than four years and is highlighting the fact that although this is not a new issue, it has never been more urgent for more people to consider opening their homes and hearts for young people in need of a loving home.
Under the Children Act 1989, it is the legal responsibility of local authorities to care for under 18s who arrive in the UK from abroad seeking sanctuary. ACS works with foster carers who can provide a caring home and meet the unique cultural and religious needs of children and young people, while helping them to settle into their new life in the UK.
Mohammed Bashir, registered manager at ACS, said: “These young people will benefit from being placed in foster homes of carers who share the same language, religion and culture; an area that we specialise in at ACS. Foster carers are needed to provide loving homes, while supporting these young people in developing their English language skills, understanding local customs and attending appointments with solicitors and the UK Border Agency.
“We provide in-depth training and on-going support on different religions and cultures, as well as support groups for carers to share their insights and experiences to help cared for children thrive in their new surroundings.”
For more information on becoming a foster carer with ACS, call 0800 917 7937 or visit www.activecaresolutions.co.uk.
Laura Townsend



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