Turkish post-coup crackdown targets foster families

Turkish post-coup crackdown targets foster familiesTurkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday, Reuters.

Turkey is to vet foster families on connections to the "Gulenist Terror Organisation", or "FETO" that is the network of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup.

Gulen has denied the involvement and denounced the putsch.

"It would not be right for a child to remain with a (foster) family if links to FETO are confirmed as a result of the examinations," the official from the Ministry of Family and Social Policy told Reuters.

The official, who declined to be identified, said the investigations had been going on since August 23.

"This is a slow process in which detailed examinations are being carried out. So it is out of the question for children to be suddenly ripped away from their families," the official said, adding that the psychological health of the children was being closely monitored.
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