Refugee children removed

Adele Horin; 19/4/10

Children are being removed from refugee families and placed in foster care because their parents are not adopting Australian child-rearing practices fast enough, community workers have told the Herald. A 25-year-old mother from Sudan had seven of her children removed within two years of arriving in Sydney because she was deemed to be neglectful. ”I kept them safe through bullets and mines but I lost them in Australia,” she told Rahat Chowdhury of Relationships Australia, who runs a program for refugees and humanitarian entrants. The NSW Chief Justice, Jim Spigelman, last week drew attention to the challenges courts face in dealing with the sexist cultural traditions of some immigrant groups, especially in relation to violence against women.