Is there any religious drawback to becoming a foster family for destitute children?

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Our religion orders individuals and the state to meet the needs of destitute children who do not live in a family environment. In this context, it is permissible to take care of a needy child as a "foster family" and our religion encourages it.

However, when such a child reaches the age of puberty, if it is a female child, she will be a non-mahram person for the men living in the same house and if it is a male child, he will be a non-mahram person for the women living in the same house. Therefore, it is necessary to be careful about tasattur (hijab) and not being alone with a non-mahram person from the opposite gender.

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