F A T E

FOSTER ADVOCACY, TRAINING + EDUCATION

Key Contact

Afshan Zakaria
FATE Outreach Coordinator
Ph: (469) 608-1402
afshan.zakaria@icnarelief.org

Become a Foster Parent

There are thousands of foster youth in your community who need your help. Open your heart and home to a foster child today!

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement provided by the State for children when the biological parents are no longer able to provide a safe environment to a child. The State intervenes through CPS (Child Protective Services) and takes over the legal and physical custody of the child and temporarily places them in the custody of a licensed foster parent or a relative approved by the State, while the court investigates the abuse and negligence charges/allegations against the parents. 

Islam praises the individuals that seek to help those in need and distress, especially those that are the most weak and vulnerable of society. Sadly, however, there are times when children entering the Foster Care System, erroneously find themselves abandoned by society. It is a necessity for the current and future well-being of these children that we provide a “home” for them. The lives of these devastated children are propelled into absolute chaos for reasons that may be beyond their understanding or control. FATE encourages all Muslims to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him) by opening their hearts and fulfilling the beautiful Sunnah of Kafala.

When foster parents need to refocus their energies, they may need to have someone else take over their fostering responsibilities – this can be any length of time. Therefore, the Foster Care System provides Respite Care. Parents that specialize in this area are required to go through all the training of the Foster Care System, as well as pass all the background checks. Respite care is the short-term care of a foster child. Therefore, if you feel like you are not ready to wear the crown of a foster parent, try Respite Care to ease your way into the system.

Become a CASA

The foster system is overburdened and many children fall through the cracks. Become a volunteer advocate and help these children receive the best care possible.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is the voice of the foster child. They advocate for the child by learning all they can about the child and their family. They are required to observe and engage the foster child in their new environment and report their findings to the judge. In this way, a well-informed and unbiased decision, which is in the best interest of the child, can be made.  They also make suggestions about the child’s placement and services they need. They are required to monitor the child’s situation until the case is released by the court, while collaborating with others to ensure the necessary services are provided.

– Learn More About the CASA Program (https://casaforchildren.org/our-work/the-casa-gal-model/)

– Request More Info  (link to form – Afshan needs to tell you what will be on that form)

This is the same form that will be used in the fostering section. 

– Find Your Local CASA (https://casaforchildren.org/our-work/programs/)

Your family is our family.

The objective of FATE is to aid Muslim children currently in the foster care system. We advocate, counsel, train, and educate Muslim families in the DFW Metroplex. Our quest is to help them come forward and revive the beautiful Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) of Kafala (fostering).

We create and manage a platform where Muslim families can connect with subject matter experts. In this way, we aim to have their questions answered about the many different aspects of Kafala – legal, spiritual, psychological, etc.

We lay the groundwork to provide peace of mind to Muslim families who are providing foster care services to the community. We are diligently working to increase the number of licensed Muslim foster families by helping to create the personal connections that will provide a dependable support network.

Volunteer

FATE is a program of ICNA Relief and committed to serving children in need. We strive to create a wholesome family that feels at home with its members. Almost all members of the FATE team are volunteers, with the exception of one administrator. We are always ready to increase our family size by accepting new helping hands.

Educate

A vital part of our volunteer base is word-of- mouth. We encourage everyone to learn about FATE, and then help educate the community. This will increase awareness, and therefore, increase our ICNA Relief-FATE family.

Donate

FATE is a non-profit organization working under the umbrella of ICNA Relief. A donation in any amount is highly appreciated, not only by the FATE team, but also by the families and children who are facing unforeseen circumstances.