FLDS children, fostering, and SAH/WOH

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FLDS children, fostering, and SAH/WOH
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Fri, 04-18-2008 - 10:53pm

It has been ruled that the state will retain custody of the FLDS children and that they will begin placement in foster homes. How do you feel about (among the many things to consider) the work status of potential foster parents? If both parents WOH, then the children will be in either daycare or school for part of the day. I don't think that these children are emotionally equipped to deal with that environment. If one parent can SAH however, I think a smoother transition could be made from the seclusion of the ranch to the introduction of the outside world through homeschooling. Can you imagine sending an 11-year-old FLDS girl into a public school classroom? She'd be eaten alive!

Thoughts?

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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 3:04pm
Children get older, though. Before giving a 4-year-old girl back, we need to make sure that she won't be having sex with her 50-year-old "spirit husband" in ten years.
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Edited 4/19/2008 3:04 pm ET by finally.me




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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 4:55pm
I agree, but surely there would be an alternative way of making sure that does not happen. It seems extreme to me to take all the kids into custody like that.
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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 5:22pm

It certainly is extreme. Personally I think it would have been better if all the MEN on the compound had been rounded up instead of the women and children, and then the women and children could be questioned in their own homes on the ranch with their families intact, but I don't know on what basis we could have served that warrant. With the phone call for help (which I do believe was a hoax by an outsider), there was a basis for Child Protective Services to come in.

I think the men who impregnated underage girls (which can be determined by DNA testing) should be arrested and tried for statutory rape, and that anyone that facilitated the process should be arrested and tried for accomplice to rape.

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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 5:30pm
Yes, that sounds like a reasonable approach.
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Sat, 04-19-2008 - 6:48pm
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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 12:22pm
I'm wondering what in the world would give the state the right to DNA test those kids.
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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 12:44pm

The adults keep giving conflicting stories about who belongs to which family. Wives and children can be reassigned to different men based on their "worthiness", so when you combine that with inbreeding and multiple families living in the same home, DNA testing is the only way to figure out which children really belong to which parents. If it is shown that some of the children are the children of some of the teens, then that's absolute proof of statutory rape in each of those girl's cases. And I think that in this case, any parent who has a child that conceived a child should be stripped of their parental rights.

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Edited 4/20/2008 12:57 pm ET by finally.me




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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 12:54pm
That's nice. I don't think that "we really really want to know" is good enough. Sounds pretty freakin illegal to me.
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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 12:56pm
I edited my post to give another reason. Please re-read it.
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Sun, 04-20-2008 - 1:00pm
Eeeeeeek. I don't think that anyone should be "stripped of their rights". It frightens me that people in America think that's ok.

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