Finally a sensible statement in the whole Turkish foster child issue. Second Chamber members Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk suggested over the weekend that anyone of Islamic faith upset with the two lesbian, Christian Dutchwomen adopting the nine-year-old boy, should take responsibility and offer to be foster parents themselves. “There is a shortage of Islamic foster families; you could either take to the streets and demonstrate, or you could take responsibility,” Kuzu said according to Volkskrant.
Turkish boy Yunus, who has lived with the two lesbian women in The Hague since he was a baby, became the center of heated debate when his birth mother in Turkey started a campaign to get her son back. She got quite some support from fundamentalists, who argue that children should be adopted by parents with whom they share ethnic and religious backgrounds. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is expected to table the matter when he visits The Netherlands next week. The lesbian couple, spooked by all the attention, has meanwhile gone in hiding with their adopted son. The Bureau Youth Care has called for some privacy for the family. “All this attention doesn’t do Yunus nor his family any good,” a spokesperson said.
Second Chamber members Tunahan Kuzu and Selçuk Öztürk turned to social media to express their opinions on the matter. The PvdA politicians agree that it would be preferred if adoption children were placed with families they can relate to, but point out that there just aren’t that many foster families of Turkish origin. “ Kuzu said in the end it is good that authorities in the Netherlands do not make a distinction on race or religion when placing children in foster families. “It’s not about the child’s origin but about his or her future,” he said.