World Bulletin / News Desk
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ has said that Turkey has launched a massive campaign and is mobilizing its diplomatic efforts to retrieve Turkish children put in the foster care system of a number of European countries, primarily because the foster families do not share Turkish families' sensitivity and values.
Speaking to reporters at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters on Monday, Bozdağ said Turkey will tackle the issue of Turkish children who have been put in the European foster care system.
In response to a question over a child named Yunus, who was given to a lesbian couple in the Netherlands, Bozdağ said Turkey has launched a campaign to retrieve the child.
“Officials [in the Netherlands] dismissed the demands of the [boy’s] Turkish family. We have mobilized all our efforts to provide legal assistance to the family to take back their child, and if that’s not possible, then to push for having the child placed with foster parents the Turkish family approves of," he noted.
Parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission head Ayhan Sefer Üstün recently claimed that three children of Turkish origin in Belgium were placed with gay couples by child welfare officers.
The debate over the state of Turkish children in Europe came to the forefront late last month when Deputy Prime Minister Bozdağ said some 4,000 Turkish children in Europe had been taken away from their families and given to Christian families.
Turkish children in Europe are being taken away from their families by child welfare offices over claims of abuse or financial problems, leading to the break-up of many families and the assimilation of children -- who grow up never learning about their culture and traditions and eventually lose contact with their families -- into European cultures.
"Turkish families do not want to give their children to gay and lesbian couples," Bozdoğ said, underlining that it is of critical importance that the children should be raised in a cultural environment similar to that of their families.
Bozdağ also said European officials do not respect the sensitivities and values held dear by Turkish families. Turkey is pursuing legal mechanisms to solve this problem, Bozdağ added, expressing his hope that positive developments will be seen with regard to Yunus' case.Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2013, 11:38