World Bulletin/News Desk
The Vice President of youth services at the Municipality of Rotterdam, Hugo de Jonge, participated in private information meeting organized by the Youth Care Center and Child Protection Agency for the Turkish community, and said that 41 out of the 1,300 removed from their families’ custody for various reasons are of Turkish origin.
Expressing that 17 of the Turkish children removed from their families were staying with foster families, Jonge explained that “5 of the foster families looking after the Turkish children are Turkish."
Speaking at the program attended by Rotterdam Consul General Togan Oral, city council members Zeki Baran and Muzaffer Cetin, and representatives of Turkish civil society organizations, de Jonge stated that they sought to dispel suspicions against youth care centers among the Turkish community.
de Jonge explained that when searching for a foster family for a child removed from the family’s custody by a court order, the immediate environment is considered, and if an appropriate home is not found, an appropriate family within the larger system is decided upon.
Requests for help and information
Expressing that the generally quiet, calm and peaceful Turkish community living in the Netherlands has gained attention in recent years due to children being removed from their families’ care, Consul General in Rotterdam Oral indicated that Turkish citizens have requested information and assistance in this regard from the consulate. Oral, said:
"From time to time, the conditions of families have required that special measures be taken regarding the children. Naturally, no welfare state can abandon the children who are in need of protection.
“In such cases, the state must involve the relevant institutions in order to ensure the conditions needed for the protection of the children. It is essential that the conditions of the biological family be remedied and the child be returned to the family as quickly as possible.”Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2013, 15:27