One step from the Islamic Adoption Laws recently adopted in Spain. via Societal Health: H.R. 102 the Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act – Miami healthy living | Examiner.com.
In a facebook post dated yesterday, Mrs. Rehab Amer wrote, “Be the voice for the voicelss by informing your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 102 to protect all innocence nationwide.”
Mrs. Amer and her husband, Ahmed, struggled for two decades after losing three children to a state foster care system in the United States. The Ahmer’s were estranged from their children after they were put in foster care by the state of Michigan’s Child Protective Services, following the accidental death of their two-year-old son Samier in 1985. Samier suffered from a brittle bone disease and died from injuries that he suffered in a fall.
One of the Ahmer’s estranged children, Mohammed Ali, now goes by the name Adam Stamper after being raised by a Christian family in a foster home apart from his original Muslim heritage. He was one of three children taken away by the state after they accused Mrs. Amer of killing her son Samier. Mrs. Amer was unable to get her kids back and was also pregnant with her fouth child, Zinabe, who was taken away by the state only one day after she was born and after Rehab was already aquitted. The family says that years of neglect, estrangement, and abuse by foster care parents and state officials resulted in the children completely losing touch with their family, as well as their culture and religious background.
Mrs. Amer was able to turn her tragedy into a positive for families across Michigan, however, as she and her family saw the “Amer Act” signed into law in December 2010. The law allows children to be placed with relatives in circumstances such as theirs and for special consideration to be given in regards to religion and culture. Nabih Ayad, a lawyer who filed a civil suit on behalf of the Amers against a Michigan foster home in their case, and many others have spoke about the injustices of the situation, as has the Congress of Arab American Organizations Spokesman Osama Siblani, who originally helped raise funds to aid the Amer’s in their struggle to fight for justice.
The Federal Amer Act Bill was introduced nationwide in June 2012. The bill, if passed, will allow children who are taken away by Child Protective Services the right to live with other family members, instead of being exposed to different environments that could differ from their upbringing. Another highlight of the bill includes keeping the children within the same religious environment that their parents had practiced as well.
This doesn’t bode well for young children born into Muslim families, particularly in honor beating cases.
Update: Yes, this is a bill for Muslims, supported by Muslims:
Undoubtedly, leaving our Muslim children at the mercy of non-Muslims will have a serious effect on their belief.
We must create solutions for taking care of children whose parents cannot take care of them instead of deterring Muslims from taking in foster children and leaving them at the mercy of non-Muslims foster parents or on the street. It is high time we have an Islamic system of foster care whereby the children can be separated into girls and boys facility, the same way we separate among our ‘biological’ children – who are mahrams to one another, as we are commanded by Prophet Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Alaihi Wasallam). Muslims should also support the proposed federal legislation known as the ‘Amer Act’ which allows children taken by Child Protective Services the right to live with other family members, instead of being exposed to environments that differ with their upbringing.
Imam Firdaws Ladan is the Imam of the Ibn Taymiyyah masjid in Prince George’s County, Maryland.