DER Weekends: Michigan organizers work to better serve Muslim children in foster care

“Detroit Evening Report Weekends” spends time with the community members who make up Detroit’s rich culture and identity.

On the latest episode of DER Weekends, WDET’s Nargis Rahman spends some time exploring efforts to support Muslim children in Michigan’s foster care system.

There are very few Muslim foster families in the state. That means Muslim children in the foster care system often end up in homes not prepared to accommodate their basic religious needs — or even homes that are not willing to.

Children dealing with already difficult circumstances may find themselves without Halal food to eat or places to pray.

Nargis spoke to Muslim foster moms working to raise awareness about the need for both Muslim foster families and better training for non-Muslim families. She also spoke with representatives from the state about the challenges of identifying and serving Muslim children in the system.

Listen to the episode using the media player above.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.