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Parents, teen convert agree to continue counseling
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
A judge chided a divided family for filing legal motions instead of talking to one another, then pushed a reconciliation plan back on track Tuesday between a Muslim couple and their teenage daughter who claimed she feared for her life for converting to Christianity.
Both the girl, Rifqa Bary, and her parents agreed to follow a counseling plan drawn up by the Franklin County child welfare agency last year to try to resolve the family's conflict.
The plan requires the girl and her parents, Mohamed and Aysha Bary, to work with individual counselors and to try to attend joint counseling.
Tuesday's deal patched up a short-lived January agreement that fell apart when the parents said their daughter was being allowed to contact Christian pastors who allegedly helped her run away to Florida in July. The couple believe that contact was hurting their chance for reconciliation.
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