THE HAGUE, March 15 (Xinhua) -- A Dutch lesbian couple and their nine-year-old foster child are being placed under protection due to the commotion in Turkey about Muslim children being cared for by gay or Christian couples.
The lesbian couple has looked after the nine-year old Yunus since he was placed in care by a Dutch judge when he was about six months old.
According to the responsible Child Social Service in The Hague, no direct threats have been made, but the family has now been moved to a different address.
The debate about foster children being cared for by homosexuals started after a commission of the Turkish parliament did a research of foster children being raised by Christians and homosexuals.
According to the research this would lead to estrangement of the Turkish cultural background.
The commission pleads for placing children into families with similar religious and cultural backgrounds.
Last week, the natural mother of Yunus made an emotional television appeal, leading to widespread debate in Turkey. "I am sad because my child is raised by a family that has cultural norms and values that clash with our norms. How would you feel if your child had to live with a lesbian couple?"she told Dutch media.
Next week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the Netherlands and some media speculate about him raising the fostering issue.
Child Social Service in The Hague say they are concerned about the ongoing debate. "The foster parents take such good care for him. But the consequence of this debate is that Yunus cannot go to school anymore. That is just ridiculous," Tanja van Dijk, spokesperson of the organization told Xinhua.
Child Social Service did not reveal the reason why Yunus was placed into care almost nine years ago.