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The Guardian reports, ‘ A humanitarian charity is to launch the UK’s first dedicated programme to tackle the shortage of Muslim applicants to adopt children. The Penny Appeal, based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has won £200,000 funding from the Department for Education to support the 12-month project. Some 2,000 of the 70,000 children in care in 2015 were of Muslim heritage, a Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed. The current figure is expected to be higher as a third of English councils do not record the religion of children in their care and a number of recently arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK are of Muslim heritage.

Very few Muslims apply to foster or adopt and since 2015 the Penny Appeal has been running a unique referral service offering information and support to would-be foster carers of all backgrounds.’ click here.

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