AAWW, in partnership with Lancashire County Council (LCC), Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) and Eden School Preston the MWI held its first adoption and fostering awareness seminar in Preston on Wednesday 18th January 2017.

Since it`s formation in 1992 under the name UNITY and official registration with the Charity Commission in 1996 under the name Muslim Welfare Institute (MWI), our most important and primary project here in the UK especially Blackburn and Lancashire has been raising awareness about adoption & fostering of local children.

In order to achieve this we have been working very closely with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council`s adoption and fostering teams and during the last 20 years organised a number of events in Blackburn ranging from awareness and recruitment seminars to having outings and holding gatherings for children in care and their families, it has been a very successful journey thus far with many couples becoming approved adopters and foster carers.

We at the MWI passionately believe that the best home for a child is with their own family, however, if due to unforeseen circumstances this is not possible then the next best option is for the child to stay with a family that shares the same faith, culture, tradition and ethos of that child.

In the year 2015, we teamed up with the LCM and formed an adoption & fostering sub group (AFSG) so that we could widen our work into Lancashire and beyond, the AFSG is made up of professionals, foster carers, adopters and lay people who are all volunteers giving their time and efforts for such a worthy cause.

Our first ever seminar in Lancashire took place at the Eden Boys School in Preston on Wednesday 18th January 2017, this was in partnership with LCC and the Eden School.

Masha Allah there was a fantastic turnout with over 75 people attending, secretary of the MWI (Moulana) Hanif opened the evening with a  very warm welcome to all and representatives of LCC addressed the audience on the need for foster carers and adopters and the criteria for approval, it was very sad to hear that approximately every 20 minutes a child is take into care by LCC, that`s 3 children every hour.

The audience was captivated by the accounts of 2 foster carers and 3 adopters, their hands on live experience of fostering and adopting children was very emotional and touching, many sisters were close to tears.

Many couples registered their interest for adoption & fostering with the LCC at the end of the seminar which ended with lamb biryaani for all.

On behalf of the MWI we take this opportunity to thank all brothers and sisters for attending, we hope the event was beneficial.                         

WS, (Moulana) Hanif (Secretary).  

Our Unity magazine covers more details about adoption and fostering, please click on the following links to download the full Unity magazine