Lev Tahor family hopes to be reunited with 4 children in foster care

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in...

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in Chatham, Ont., Friday, November 29, 2013. (Diana Martin/QMI Agency)

Vicki Gough, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:16 AM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. — A Lev Tahor family in Chatham, Ont., is in court Wednesday, hoping to be reunited with its four children.

The children were among those who fled Canada to Trinidad and Tobago in early March, just days before a judge was to decide whether the children should be sent back to Quebec as part of a child-welfare probe.

The couple's four children have been living in foster homes in the Toronto area.

About 200 members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect left their homes near Montreal in November 2013 to settle in Chatham, where community leaders hoped Ontario's education regulations would be less strict and allow their religious home-schooling.

They also hoped to evade Quebec authorities, who maintain allegations of child neglect and abuse, which have not been proven in court.


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