Councillor says more needs to be done to encourage fostering and adoption among ethnic minorities

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A councillor says Harrow has not done enough to engage with ethnic minorities to encourage them to foster or adopt.

Independent councillor Husain Akhtar says he raised the issue with officers at Harrow Borough Council at the end of last year.

And protests by the Somali community last week over the adoption of a child by a lesbian couple prompted him to draw attention to the problem again.

He said: “While Harrow Council might try to find matching foster carers and adopters, there is a case to improve the situation by creating and maximising same religion and culture fostering and adoption capacity within the communities concerned.

“This issue is much deeper than is being discussed. The council has not been doing enough to encourage different communities to register to foster or adopt.

“People who adopt a child can be single, married or unmarried; from any ethnic or religious background; heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

“Therefore, even if the carer or adopter assures that the child could retain their birth religion, the impact of the environment in which the child grows is unavoidable.”

The Harrow Times has contacted the council about its fostering and adoption policy and is awaiting a reply.

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6:49pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rabbitz says...

Does Mr Akhtar agree that gay people should be able to adopt children regardless of the childs background? I doubt he will.
Does Mr Akhtar agree that gay people should be able to adopt children regardless of the childs background? I doubt he will. rabbitz
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8:23am Tue 4 Feb 14

DJFearRoss says...

Why use the word "ethnic" communities, when we're really talking about an ideology here?

Homing children only to parents who have the same background is tantamount to encouraging segregation. So we're being told to be accepting of different peoples faiths, backgrounds etc but when it comes to this, that little lecture goes out the window. Is it ok now for me to call Harrow Council a bunch of bigots for this action?
Why use the word "ethnic" communities, when we're really talking about an ideology here? Homing children only to parents who have the same background is tantamount to encouraging segregation. So we're being told to be accepting of different peoples faiths, backgrounds etc but when it comes to this, that little lecture goes out the window. Is it ok now for me to call Harrow Council a bunch of bigots for this action? DJFearRoss
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9:31am Tue 4 Feb 14

SeaBee says...

Mr Akhtar, babies are born without a religion. Religion is something foisted on children by their parents and by other adults. Left to their own devices, children are more likely to adopt a belief in fairies than in any omnipotent being.
Mr Akhtar, babies are born without a religion. Religion is something foisted on children by their parents and by other adults. Left to their own devices, children are more likely to adopt a belief in fairies than in any omnipotent being. SeaBee
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9:17am Thu 6 Feb 14

ipsofacto says...

Councillor Husain Akhtar - you disappoint me. As I have said in a response to another article on this site, we are *all* ethnic minorities in Harrow now. The 2011 census shows that Harrow no longer has an ethnic majority. The use of the term 'ethnic minority' is now meaningless when it is being used in relation to public policy in our Borough.
Councillor Husain Akhtar - you disappoint me. As I have said in a response to another article on this site, we are *all* ethnic minorities in Harrow now. The 2011 census shows that Harrow no longer has an ethnic majority. The use of the term 'ethnic minority' is now meaningless when it is being used in relation to public policy in our Borough. ipsofacto
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