Muslim Couple Alleges Religious Discrimination in Removal of Foster Children

May 4, 2005

Source: The Omaha Channel

On May 4, 2005 The Omaha Channel reported, "an Omaha couple said they lost custody of their foster children because of religious discrimination, but they are fighting back.

Fa'iz and Thurayya Rab have filed special motions to try to get their foster children -- in this case their niece and nephew -- back home. Their attorney, Jackie Madara-Campbell, said it's believed to be the first time these motions have ever been filed by foster parents in Nebraska.

The Rabs' 2-year-old and 3-year-old children are asking where their foster siblings went. The answer is, they were taken from the Rabs by the state last summer. They had been with Thurayya and Fa'iz since the oldest was a baby... Despite evidence to the contrary, the Rabs lost their foster son and daughter on charges they physically disciplined them. The children are now wards of the state. The Rabs -- who are Muslims -- believe religious discrimination played a part. The couple said they discovered court testimony that branded them as terrorists."