We’re on a mission to answer the call of our faith in caring for orphans by improving the lives of all Muslim foster children. We do this by supporting the foster families who care for them, through community education, support networks, and advocacy.
Imagine a child being removed from his/her home because of neglect, abuse, war, or another tragedy just to be placed with a family that does not share their faith, culture, or language.
Unfortunately, that is the reality for many Muslim children that through no fault of their own, enter a foster care system that is unfamiliar with their faith, and have very few licensed Muslim foster homes to go to.
This concern was what drew together mothers Ranya Shbeib and Sameena Zahoor, the founders of Muslim Foster Care Association.
Soon after their foster parenting experience began, they realized that there needed to be an easier way for Muslim foster families to connect with one another for advice and support. They also recognized that there were many Muslim foster children being placed in homes of other faiths, because of the lack of licensed Muslim foster families available.
Although there were many Muslim social service organizations in Michigan providing great services to our communities, none focused on foster care.
In the summer of 2016, the friends began the journey to establish the first Muslim Foster Care Association, a non-profit organization to bring voice and support to the voiceless and neglected. Starting from providing networking and support to Muslim foster families, to being a valued partner and resource for all the major placement agencies in Michigan, there has been no looking back for the MFCA.
Since then, we have dynamically expanded our services and our outreach across Michigan to many other states created intuitive programs to serve Muslim foster children and the families and staff that care for them, and helped hundreds of Muslim children in the foster care system feel supported and cared for.
At the Muslim Foster Care Association, we strive to enable Muslim children in the foster care system to thrive, flourish and be their best as human beings, Muslims, and contributing members of American society. Every year we serve over 200 Muslim children in the foster care system and raise thousands of dollars to fund various programs. Every year we create innovative solutions to the challenges faced by Muslim youth in various stages of their transition.
Stories of Impact
Our Halal Meat program started as a result of our ongoing connection with foster families caring for Muslim youth. We are always trying to find solutions to various challenges families face in their efforts to provide loving homes to Muslim youth. Many Muslim youth...
More than 1500 unaccompanied children from Afghanistan arrived in the US in August and September 2021, with about 400 arriving in Michigan and placed in a residential facility. Muslim Foster Care Association was one of the first nonprofits to step up to support these...
Meet the Staff
Director of Operations
Shereen Abunada serves as Director of Operations at the Muslim Foster Care Association, helping us increase revenue, follow good governance practices, implement our strategy and communicate with the larger community. In her role at MFCA, she oversees the day to day operations, helps to educate prospective foster parents on the licensing process, and manages various projects to assist foster youth and support foster families. She holds a honors degree in Communications and Public relations.
URM Program Coordinator
Rishtya Kakar manages the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors program at the MFCA. In this role she designs and implements educational programs for Muslim foster youth and their families as well agency staff on various topics and challenges, and leads different programs to enable refugee foster children adjust to their new life in the US. Rishtya holds a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior and has authored a number of research papers on pedagogy, health promotion and family health.
Maliha Raza Khan
Maliha Raza Khan serves as the West Michigan Liaison and Development Coordinator at MFCA. She implements various recruitment programs to increase the number of Muslim foster families, provides networking, support and ongoing consultation and education for staff and families of Muslim foster youth, and manages the Mentorship program at MFCA. She holds a Masters degree in Applied Clinical Psychology and has extensive experience in nonprofit management and Organization Development which she brings to her role.
Meet the Board
Dr Sameena Zahoor
Dr. Sameena Zahoor is a licensed foster parent, Family Physician, and mother of 3 boys. Apart from welcoming foster children into her home on a regular basis and being a passionate advocate for the rights of Muslim foster children, Dr Zahoor is actively involved in the local community – volunteering at a free medical clinic, speaking at community healthcare events, and serving on her Masjid’s Covid task force. In 2016 she co-founded the Muslim Foster Care Association with Ranya Shbeib.
Ranya Shbeib is a licensed foster parent, loving mom to 3 children of her own, and the co-founder of Muslim Foster Care Association along with Sameena Zahoor. Over the years she and her family have welcomed several foster children into their caring home – both domestic and refugee. Ranya has a background in education and has worked as a teacher, principal, and school board member. She has spoken at many community events and is a devoted voice for Muslim foster youth at various levels in the foster care system.
Gina Shkoukani serves on the board of the Muslim Foster Care Association advising the organization on various legal issues.Gina is an estate planning attorney at Neal, Geber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Gina grew up in Southeast Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to her involvement with the Muslim Foster Care Association, Gina also serves on the Young Professional Board of the Gateway Foundation and advises various non-profit organizations.
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