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Six children taken away from parents for placing them in Catholic schools

A French court ruled that six out of ten children had to be removed from their parents home because their Catholic mother enrolled them on a Catholic boarding school. Two of the six children have now been put into a foster family of Muslim descent, who refuses to educate the children in accordance with their Catholic faith, mother Clare says.


After a dispute over public schools in France, British couple Clare and David Graham lost custody of their children. The parents of 10 Children of which four are adults and six minors were stunned after a French court ruled that two of their children had to be put into foster families. 

The decision to take their kids out of a public French school developed after the couples’ adult daughters told their parents about the racism and bullying they received in school. Georgina, one of the two, stated that while her time attending public school she made bad experiences with racism, physical and verbal bullying. 

The couple moved to France in 2005 with their four kids since the living conditions were more affordable for the now family of 12 in France than in Britain. Four years ago the devout Catholic mother wanted to send her younger children to Catholic schools and took them out of the state school system, which caused a turmoil of events. Her original idea was to home-school her kids, which was reported to the French social services by a parent from the school. 

Since the teenage kids are attending a catholic boarding school the parents then decided to also enrol their younger kids in a catholic boarding school located nearer to their family home. 

According to Georgina the French social welfare apparatus asked very intrusive questions and despised their families background and the fact how religious mother Claire is. She also stated that the state wanted to know why they had so many children. “They’ve asked me umpteen times why I have so many children,” Clare said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.

Two of their six children have now been placed into a foster family of Muslim descent, which won’t take the children to Mass. The Family is sure that the caseworker is responsible for the judges ruling. “I am pretty sure the social worker is the one who swayed the judge even before we went to court,” father David told LifeSiteNews.

The Judge also decided to take the remaining six children away, despite them being fluent in French, well educated and attending catholic boarding schools. The Mother filled to receive her children back, which would be permitted only if the mother allowed her children to attend public school.


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