UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said the couple from Yorkshire, who claim that they were told they were no longer suitable to be foster carers because of reported connections to his party, have given children an opportunity "to thrive" in this country.
He also labelled the actions of Rotherham Council, who are investigating the claims by social services, as an "absolute outrage".
Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone says the investigation into the decision to remove children from the care of two foster parents who are members of UKIP will ascertain whether "everything has been done professionally".
We are going to investigate to make sure everything has been done professionally.
If the professionals give advice, we take it. We are going to investigate - we always would if somebody complains.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is to launch an investigation into the decision to remove children from the care of two foster parents who are members of UKIP, council leader Roger Stone said.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for an urgent investigation into a decision taken by the Labour controlled Rotherham Council, to remove three children from a married couple because they supported UKIP. ITV Calendar has a full statement from the Labour leader.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked Rotherham Council's decision to remove three children from their foster parents because they supported UKIP.
Rotherham's reasons for denying this family the chance to foster are indefensible. The ideology behind their decision is actively harmful to children.
We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families. We need more parents to foster, and many more to adopt.
– Michael Gove, Education Secretary
Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need.
I will be investigating just how this decision came to be made and what steps we need to take to deal with this situation.
Joyce Thacker, the Director for Children and Young People's Services at Rotherham Council says that UKIP's commitment to ending multiculturalism made a couple who supported the party unsuitable for fostering children with specific cultural needs.
She told the Today Programme that the three children were always going to be removed from the couple as they were only fostered by them on an "emergency placement". The authority had been previously criticised by judges for not finding foster parents who could support the children's cultural needs.
But she has denied claims that the decision to remove the two children meant that the authority thought that UKIP was "a racist party".
– Joyce Thacker, the Director for Children and Young People's Services
It's a fine balance between a practice matter we had to take. It wasn't an easy decision to take, I assure you, so the children were always going to be moved on to another longer-term placement.
I have to think about their needs. If the party mantra is ending the active promotion of multiculturalism, I have to think about that.
These children are not local children to Rotherham, it’s not through any fault of their own that they’re there and they’re in a very difficult situation, so I have to think about their longer term needs.
The Labour Party has called for an investigation by Rotherham Council into claims that supporters of the UK Independence Party had foster children removed from their care.
Membership of UKIP shouldn't block parents from adopting children. There needs to be an urgent investigation by Rotherham Council into this.
Rotherham Council has confirmed that the three children being cared for by the couple from Yorkshire were not "indigenous white British" and that social workers raised concerns about the UK Independence Party's stance on immigration.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has released a statement after a report in the Telegraph said that social workers rejected two experienced foster carers when they discovered that they were members of UKIP.
– Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council statement
After a group of sibling children were placed with agency foster carers, issues were raised regarding the long-term suitability of the carers for these particular children.
With careful consideration, a decision was taken to move the children to alternative care. We continue to keep the situation under review.