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Petitioning Maryland Department of Human Resources and 1 other

Stop the Discrimination: No Pork Leads to Rejection of Muslim Foster Parents


A private company licensed by the state of Maryland to place foster children with families is refusing to allow Tashima Crudup, a Muslim living in Baltimore, to become a foster parent because she won’t allow pork in her home.

People from many walks of life – including Muslims, Jews, vegetarians, and others – choose not to eat pork and serve as exemplary foster parents to children in need.

The company, Contemporary Family Services, seems to be discriminating against Crudup solely on the basis of her Muslim religion.

Both the state of Maryland and the city of Baltimore bans religious discrimination by health and welfare agencies. The government needs to step in and demand that CFS stops its discrimination against Muslims immediately. We have far too many children who need loving homes and we can’t let bigotry stand in their way.

Send a letter demanding an investigation and a permanent end to discrimination against Muslim foster parents.

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Letter to
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Baltimore Community Relations Commission
I am writing to ask that you investigate the case of Tashima Crudup being rejected for a license to become a foster parent by Contemporary Family Services. Crudup is a practicing Muslim and was told that not allowing pork in her home disqualified her from becoming a foster parent.

Many people choose not to eat pork for a variety of reasons and it seems like CFS is discriminating simply because Crudup is a Muslim. Muslims, Jews, Vegetarians and others who choose not to eat pork can still be excellent foster parents and as you well know we have far too many children in need of loving homes.

Please, investigate this case and put a permanent end to religious discrimination against potential foster parents. started this petition with a single signature, and now has 4,226 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.