Officials Meet Over the Need for Muslim Foster Homes in NY

January 30, 2004

Source: Muslims Weekly

On January 30, 2004 Muslims Weekly reported, "On Jan. 20, religious, community and city officials met at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York (ICCNY) to address the urgent need for Muslim foster homes in New York City, and to come up with possible solutions. Presently, there is no NYC foster care agency that specializes in placing Muslim children into Islamic foster homes. The main problem, many Muslim advocates say, is that when a special need arises such as a family court order, parental request, or emergency placement, most children are placed into non-Muslim homes. As reported in a Jan. 16, 2004 Muslims Weekly article, 'There are 3,000 Muslim children under the age of 18 who are living in non-Muslim homes as foster children in New York City' and ' ... as a result ... learn about other religions and drift away from their own.'"