About Foster Care Link

A Specialist Muslim Fostering Service

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Providing a service for the Ummah since 2004


Foster Care Link has a unique and dedicated specialist service in finding families for children of varying different backgrounds, ethnicities and languages. As part of this service Foster Care Link is the only agency in the UK which has a dedicated Muslim Fostering Service. We have foster carers in London and the South East, the East and West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire regions.

Our foster carers also come from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds speaking 10 languages. We can therefore often offer the best placement match for children of any ethnic background, who need a foster home.


Foster Care Link is an award-winning agency with a proven track record.

We have been established since 2002 and have subsequently built a reputation for the quality of our work, which is always centred around the needs of children placed with us. We have managed placements for over seventy Local Authorities across England and Wales to achieve positive outcomes for children in care.


We are currently rated as an ‘Outstanding’ agency in every area since our Nov 2014 inspection, a performance repeated in March 2018. We have excellent testimonials from the Local Authorities that have used our service, and our greatest asset, our team of dedicated foster carers, have consistently advised us that they feel well supported and cared for as part of our team.

Foster Care Link is approved by many consortiums throughout England and Wales including:

  • London Care Placements
  • Placements North West
  • SCMS Yorkshire & Humber
  • South Central Framework
  • East and West Midlands frameworks.

Our Team

A strong and dedicated staff team manages Foster Care Link to ensure it continues to develop and meet the objectives of the organisation.

Peter Howes, CQSW, DipM

Registered Manager

Peter Howes has over forty years social work experience, of which over thirty years are in family placement management. He was previously Service Manager of several Local Authority fostering teams before joining Foster Care Link. He has a broad range of skills and has acted as a professional adviser, chair and trainer of adoption and fostering panels. Peter was a BAAF Management Committee and Legal Group member for six years. He is a professional advisor to the IRM. He has experience of complex social work practice including quality practice audits, inspections, running training courses, chairing complex meetings, creating and implementing policies and procedures and giving talks and lectures.


  • Complex social work practice

  • Quality practice audits

  • Inspections

  • Chairing complex meetings

Ismail Amaan, BA (Hons)


Ismail Amaan graduated from the University of London, and previously worked as the Operations Co-ordinator of a UK-wide faith umbrella body, and was then appointed Director of a North London based charity. He has also worked with local government, and other Government Agencies.

Ismail has extensive experience of project management, including working with children in a community setting. His community related work has been sited in Central Government reports as an example of best practice, and has also enjoyed coverage in international media.

Munaf Zina, BA (Hons)


Munaf Zina has extensive experience in community related work. He has been Chairman of a North London Housing Association and continues to be a Management Board member since 1986, and is also currently the Chair of a London based charity. He also has personal experience of fostering.


Here’s what people had to say about our services:

“The actions of the independent fostering agency contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people.”

Ofsted Report 2018

From their starting points, children and young people make exceptional progress in all areas of their lives.

Ofsted Report 2018

Leaders and managers are inspirational and passionate about improving the experiences and outcomes for all children and young people…[they] are exceptional

Ofsted Report 2018

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