Thursday, February 14, 2013

Urgent: Muslim Home needed for 16 and 17 year old brothers


The two boys, one 16 and the other 17 years of age are in need of a suitable resource or adoptive family. Their mother is suffering from a terminal illness and there is very little hope of a recovery, from what the DYFS worker sated. The children need to be placed in a home that is in Passaic County as they would like to be in close proximity to their mother who they visit often. Their biological father has returned to his home of origin and does not reside in New Jersey. From what the case worker states the children are thriving in their academic surroundings and there have nit been any reports of either child having any discipline or ill temperament issues. 

Anyone who is interested in either becoming a resource/adoptive parent or would consider bringing the two young men to their home, can contact me as soon as possible. Please be advised if you are not a licensed resource/adoptive parent and would consider bringing the children to your home, DYFS will place the children in your home and will begin the process of licensing you. Please be advised you do have to be a permanent resident of the U.S. in order to qualify as a resource/adoptive parent.

Please call Huma at WAFA house 1-800-930-9232 or email lalbana@gmail.com.

Also, if you would like to keep informed please fill out the following survey: 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WG8WWH



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Amer Foster Care Improvement Act Introduced in House of Representatives


Amer Foster Care Improvement Act Introduced in House of Representatives 
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | January 23, 2013 — The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), is proud to announce Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)'s introduction of H.R. 102, the “Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act of 2013.” The Act will enhance the existing federal policy of encouraging state foster care programs to place children in the care of willing and able relatives. This legislation accomplishes this goal by requiring States that receive federal funding for foster care programs to add certain procedural enhancements to their foster care programs so as to ensure a more fair placement decision-making process.

For over two decades ADC has worked with the Amer family throughout their ordeal. The introduction of this bill is a culmination of a journey that started nearly 30 years ago in Dearborn, MI. ADC has been working on the introduction of the bill and welcomes the dedication shown by Congressman Conyers throughout the whole process. Read more about the struggles of this Arab American family.

ADC Legal and Policy Director Abed Ayoub states, “It is our hope that the bill can gain enough bipartisan support to become law. It is imperative that all children, regardless of race or ethnicity, are protected. We commend Congressman Conyers for introducing the bill and Congressman Gary Peters for co-signing. We urge all Americans to contact your member of Congress and voice your support for this important legislation.”

In a statement provided to ADC, Congressman John Conyers, “The best interests of the child should always be the overriding consideration when making foster care placement decisions. That standard, however, should also require foster care agencies to give special preference to placing a child with relatives, where the child can be raised in the same culture or religion as his or her own, all other things being equal.”

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Member of Congress to Support H.R. 102!
The Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act of 2013 would require that a State, within 90 days after it makes a foster care placement decision, to provide notice of such decision to the following affected parties:
  • the child’s parents;
  • relatives who have informed the State of their interest in caring for the child;
  • the guardian; the guardian ad litem of the child;
  • the attorney for the child;
  • the attorney for each parent of the child;
  • the prosecutor involved; and
  • the child if he or she is able to express an opinion regarding placement.
Additionally, States must establish procedures that:
  • allow any of the parties who receive notice of the State’s placement decision to request, within five days after receipt of the notice, documentation of the reasons for the State’s decision;
  • allow the child’s attorney to petition the court involved to review the decision; and
  • require the court to commence such review within seven days after receipt of the petition and conduct such review on the record.

Learn more about the Amer Family's history
“In 1985, Rehab and Ahmed Amer lost two of their children to Michigan’s foster care system after Rehab had been subject to criminal charges related to the death of her two-year-old son Samier, who died because of head injuries resulting from a fall in a bathtub. Although Rehab had been acquitted in August 1986 of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with Samier’s death, the State refused to return the Amers’ other two children to them and, in fact, removed a third child from the Amers’ custody four months after Rehab’s acquittal.

“As a temporary alternative, Rehab’s brother petitioned to be a foster parent to the Amers’ three children, but was denied his petition even though he had previously served as a foster parent for other children. It is important to note that the Amers are Muslim. Nevertheless, the State, rather than placing the Amers’ children with a foster family of the same faith and cultural background, sent them to live with an evangelical Christian family, which re-named the Amers’ children – Mohamed Ali, Sueheir, and Zinabe – with Christian names and raised them as Christians.

“Today, only the oldest of the Amers’ three living children, Mohamed Ali, now known as Adam, communicates with them. In reaction to the Amers’ story, Michigan enacted what became known as the ‘Amer Law.’ That law requires foster care placement agencies in Michigan to consider and give special preference for relatives when making a foster care placement decision.

“The Amer Law is consistent with federal foster care policy, which also seeks to give preference to a child's relatives and, for Native American children, a family of the same cultural background as the child, when making placement decisions. The Amer Law, however, has several provisions that go beyond current federal law to ensure due process. In sum, this law gives parents, relatives, guardians, and the child in certain cases additional procedural rights, including the right to written notice and an explanation of a placement decision. In addition, it authorizes judicial review of a placement decision by a foster care agency.”

Source: Office of Congressman John Conyers

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Urgent Muslim Family Needed in NY

7YR OLD MUSLIM BOY NEEDS A HOME IN NEW YORK


Last time I posted a request, the Muslim community overwhelmingly responded with open hearts and open homes! We were able to locate 3 possible homes for the 2yr old girl and 3 yr old boy and we are in the process of finalizing procedures. Alhamdulilah!

Jazakum Allah for your efforts and please continue to work with me to help spread the word to parents who have lost their children and need community support and parents who are willing to give that support. We are in the process of reaching out to all the people that showed interest in becoming licensed Resource Families. Due to the large number of respondents and urgent cases that arise, it is taking much longer than we anticipated. 

Currently, we are working with a Muslim 7 yr old boy in NY who needs a permanent home. Unfortunately, we can only consider people who are already licensed in NY. Please forward this information to all those who may be able to help and have interested families that already have a NY license email Liali at lalbana@gmail.com. 

If you want to become part of our database, please visit this link and sign up today. 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WG8WWH


Sunday, October 21, 2012

5th Annual Walk for Children in Foster Care


Walk for Children in Foster Care - Buccleuch Park

Walk for Children in Foster Care
NOTE: We will be walking rain or shine! Our walks are family events. This is a 5K (3.1 mile) walk.

You are invited to join Foster and Adoptive Family Services Foundation (FAFSF) in this year’s Walk for Children in Foster Care. Funds will be used to support the programs and services of Foster and Adoptive Family Services.
Registration is at 12:30 P.M. and the walk will begin at 1:30. 

Fundraising Goal

7days to go
$2,791.00raised of $10,000.00
$7,209.00to go

Donate


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Licensed Muslim Families in NY Needed.


Mashallah!! The community's response to the adoption of the NJ toddlers was great. It proved how big our hearts are and willing to help each other we are when given the opportunity. As we all know, living here in the US you can't just step out of your house and find someone in need to help. It's usually through word of mouth and social media like this that we are informed of situations where we can be of assistance to others. While many people responded and hundreds of people were willing to help only a few could really do something due to the fact that they already had their licensing as resource families. 
We have 3 licensed resource families in NJ and many more that have begun this process! We are currently working to get permanent placement for the toddlers with one of them, insha'Allah.

We just got word of a new case in NY for a 7 yr old boy. We are looking fo
r families who are already licensed in NY to temporarily care for him until he is reunited with his family.

We also need as many licensed families so we can help support future cases. Please forward this questionnaire to your contacts so we may expand our national database. Currently we have families from Texas to Canada and from NY to California that are licensed within their states. We hope to get at least one family per county, inshallah. 

It saddens me to say that this is not a one time case or an every once in a while occurrence. The problem is real and recurring. More and more Muslim children are in need of your help. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Muslim Families Needed to Adopt Siblings

Please click on the link below and fill out the survey if you are interested in Adoption or Foster care of Muslim children.


http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WG8WWH

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Family Needed to Adopt Muslim Boy and Girl Toddlers

I received a disturbing phone call last friday from a mother who said, "Can you help me find a Muslim family to adopt my 2 kids?" It was a rather chilling conversation with this mother who had been told that she would be losing custody of both her children in September. She was frantic and wanted to make sure they would be raised Muslim. She understands that her legal rights will be terminated as a parent but wants to ensure the safety and religion of her two young children-a 3 year old boy and 2 year old girl. This has to be the hardest thing a mother has to go through. May Allah keep her strong and give her patience.

I assured the mother that I would try my best to help find a Muslim family willing to adopt both of her children. The obstacle is that the family must be already licensed as a resource parent in order to qualify.

The hearing is in mid-September and we need to be able to provide the state with a licensed Muslim family or a family that has completed or is in the process of completing the homestudy evaluation.

It is imperative that we act now and step up. There have been many cases like this that we lost due to our slow response as a community and many more similar cases will arise in the future.

You can help today by signing up to become a resource parent and joining our database so we have something to present to the state when a child is taken into custody.

You can call 1-877-NJFOSTER to begin the process or email me directly at lalbana@gmail.com