Foster family in UK loses kids due to political views
A British couple who acted as foster parents for three children have had them removed from their care because of their political views.
A local authority in northern England said it took the decision after discovering the foster parents supported the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP).
It said it was concerned about the party's policies on immigration and the fact the children were not white.
Speaking to the BBC, Joyce Thacker, strategic director of children and young people's services at the council, said she had to decide whether some foster placements were appropriate for particular children.
"These [particular] children are from EU migrant backgrounds and UKIP has very clear statements on ending multiculturalism, [on] not having that going forward, and I have to think about how sensitive am I being to these children," she said.
UKIP's leader Nigel Farage condemned the council's move.
"We are a non-racist, non-sectarian political party... They (the couple) were giving those children love and stability and all the things they need," he said.
"They have been discriminated against.... on the basis that they support a party that says we shouldn't be part of the European Union and we should control our borders and that is the most appalling prejudice."
Foster family in UK loses kids due to political views - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)