Now an Adult, What’s Next for Rifqa Bary?

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Christian convert Rifqa Bary was released from state custody by an Ohio judge as she turned 18 years old, ending a long battle over her attempt to escape her Muslim parents.

Still, the battle is not over for Bary, as she battles issues with her health and now, her immigration status.

Magistrate Mary Goodrich of Franklin County Juvenile Court in Ohio released Bary from state custody Aug. 10 -- her 18th birthday.

Bary had been in foster care since July 2009, after a judge ruled that she could not declare herself an adult at age 17 in order to escape living with her Muslim parents.

"She looks forward to preaching the word to all the nations - and those are her words," Angela Lloyd, one of Bary's attorneys, said after the hearing.

Bary fled to Florida last year over claims that her family threatened to kill her for leaving the Islamic faith and becoming a Christian. Police in Florida and her home state of Ohio said they found no evidence that the girl was in danger.

Bary was ordered to return to Ohio and remained in foster care. The family was also required to attend counseling, however, Bary's relationship with her parents has yet to be rekindled.

The young woman's parents issued a statement Tuesday blaming "zealot attorneys" for standing between them and their daughter.

In May, it was revealed that Bary has uterine cancer and was undergoing treatment.  She says she is now cancer free.

Still, Bary has another battle on her hands -- U.S. citizenship.

Bary moved to the U.S. with her parents from Sri Lanka and is an undocumented immigrant. She's asked authorities to grant her special immigration status so that she can continue to consult with doctors on how to keep her cancer from returning.

The status of that request is unclear. 

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