Huddersfield lawyer fights for sacked foster carer in religion switch row
Feb 10 2009 by Roy Wright, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A HUDDERSFIELD lawyer is battling to get a woman reinstated as a foster carer – after she was “sacked” by a council because a teenage Muslim girl in her care became a Christian.
The carer, who has 10 years’ experience and has looked after more than 80 children, said she was ‘devastated’ by the decision.
Now Huddersfield solicitor Nigel Priestley is fighting for her case and pledged to seek a judicial review if the council involved did not relent.
The woman, who cannot be named, enlisted Mr Priestley’s help last June after her 10-year career as a foster carer was brought to an abrupt end.
“This is my life,” she revealed. “It is not just a job for me. It is a vocation. I love what I do.”
The girl is back with members of her family, who have not been told of her conversion. The woman insisted that, although she was a Christian, she had put no pressure on the Muslim girl, who was 16 at the time, to be baptised.
But officials allegedly accused her of failing to ‘respect and preserve’ the child’s faith and tried to persuade the girl to reconsider her decision.