Judge rules Christian girl placed with Muslim foster carers should live with family member

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A Christian girl who was placed with a Muslim foster family should live with one of her relatives, a judge has ruled.

The five-year-old was reportedly taken to her grandmother’s home after the ruling that her current care arrangement should not remain in place.

It came after reports that the girl, whose identity is being protected, was placed within a foster home in which English was not often spoken and she was encouraged to use Arabic instead. 

The Times newspaper had reported that the Muslim foster family had sought to impose its values and traditions on the girl.

Tower Hamlets Council, the local authority involved in the case, denied claims the foster family did not speak English.

It said that the foster carers were an “English speaking family of mixed race”, and claimed there were other “inaccuracies” in the reporting of the case.

Family court judge Khatun Sapnara reportedly said it was in the girl’s best interests to live within a family which could meet her needs in relation to “ethnicity, culture and religion”.

She is expected to issue an order in relation to the case later.

In a statement on Tuesday, the local authority said: “Tower Hamlets Council has the welfare of children at the heart of what we do.

“The decision to choose foster carers for a child is based on a number of factors, including cultural background and proximity to promote contact with the child’s family and the child’s school in order to give them as much stability as possible.

“We have always been working towards the child being looked after by a family member and we continue to do so.”

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