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!

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Sun, 04-20-2008 - 5:45pm

"Any other trial would need a parent to give permission."


Therein lies the problem.

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Sun, 04-20-2008 - 6:09pm

No, in many custody disputes the children are assigned a guardian ad litem, which is essentially what has happened in Texas. That's what their attorneys are doing, watching out for the best interests of the children. Courts routinely appoint a separate attorney for children over and above that appointed for or hired by their parents. This is neither new nor extraordinary.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 04-20-2008 - 7:13pm
I wonder why these kids don't have birth certificates.
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Registered: 05-14-2006
Sun, 04-20-2008 - 9:35pm

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 10:20am
That's interesting about the names.
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Registered: 08-23-2007
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 6:33pm
Maybe it should be a case by case issue...but with 416 children it is going to take quite some time to sort them all out.

 

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Registered: 08-23-2007
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 6:34pm
You are correct.

 

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Registered: 04-18-2008
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 7:48pm
I think its horrible that they are tearing these families apart, simply because of their religious beliefs. Children belong with their parents, not removed and sent to foster homes or adopted out.
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Registered: 09-05-2007
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 8:14pm

I'm not saying it's new or extraordinary. I'm saying it's not right, whether it happens all the time or not.

For argument's sake, let's pretend that the allegations of statutory rape are 100% true. At most, they would have had just cause to remove girls between the ages of oh... 11 and 16? I can not, and have not, seen any reason for them to have removed all of those children, especially the 100 who are under 4. If they have no cause to remove the kids in the first place, then they have no cause to "appoint" them guardians and get DNA testing of any kind.

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Registered: 09-05-2007
Mon, 04-21-2008 - 8:16pm
Yes, the "I think they're icky, therefore they shouldn't have rights" argument... so convincing.

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