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Muslim Foster Parents Return Christian Girl to Her Family

Muslim Foster Parents Return Christian Girl to Her Family
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By    |   Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:47 AM

Muslim foster parents reportedly returned a Christian girl to her family following a court ruling in London.

The 5-year-old was living with her grandmother after Judge Khatun Sapnara ruled against Tower Hamlets Council's decision to place the girl with the foster family, Sky News noted.

The case was re-examined on Tuesday after The Times published a detailed article documenting the English speaking girl's struggles to adapt to her foster carer's culture.

According to confidential local authority reports that had been divulged to the publication, the girl was "sobbing and begging not to be returned to the foster carer's home because 'they don't speak English.'"

The article, which described the girl as "very distressed," said the foster carers had removed her cross necklace and forbade her from spaghetti carbonara because it contained bacon.

Debbie Jones, the corporate director of children's services at Tower Hamlets Council, said in a statement that they were disappointed with the tone many media publications had taken, "especially given the judge's comments that reporting has been intrusive for both the child and the foster carer."

Jones added that, while exact details of the case could not be revealed, there were various inaccuracies appearing in various articles published this week.

"For example, the child was in fact fostered by an English speaking family of mixed race," she said.

Jones said Tower Hamlet Council, which is based in East London, was pleased with the decision to reunite the girl with her family adding that, when the decision was passed to place the child into temporary care, social workers had to find the best available option.

"While cultural background is always a significant consideration in making this decision, so too are other factors including remaining in the local area to promote contact with the child's family and for the child to continue at the same school in order to give them as much stability as possible," Jones said.

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