April 23rd, 2008
11:33 PM ET

Dispatch from the FLDS Hearing: Care for the Children Part 2

Six months. It’s the amount of time the state of Texas has to determine if the children of FLDS stay in foster care or go back to their parents, again each on an individual basis. Here’s some of what has to happen in that time…

Child Protection Services are calling the need to place the children from FLDS who are in the coliseum “urgent.”

As for the much discussed DNA testing…

DNA collection has been underway in Eldorado Tuesday through Thursday, testing 15 to 20 of the 54 parents who showed up. The Texas Attorney General's office says they have wrapped up taking DNA samples from the children and mothers at the coliseum.

What about the parents whose children are taken away? They’re making arrangements for parents who may be located in other parts of the country, but it will take time. A tricky question came up…what to do with children older than 1 who are still nursing? They’re supposed to be placed in the same city as their mothers.

Today's updates on the FLDS sitation keep pouring in...

New tasks for Child Protection Services to tell you about. They have to put together a “service plan” tracking information like where children are being moved. They will also have to hold “status conferences” as soon as possible, updating on their conditions and talking to the mothers in a setting similar to a hearing.

I'll sign off on a definitive note...

Judge Walthers put his foot down on an aspect of the FLDS case that he thought was getting out of control saying, “I don't want any more emergency filings people. I have 4 to 5 feet high pile of filings in my office now...it's hard to go thru a 5 ft pile of filings if I must keep having hearings. I am not going to address any more emergency filings!”

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • FLDS court hearing • FLDS update • Polygamy
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  1. Gena

    Thats all nice, but no mother, no matter how young, should have their babies taken from them, even if they were raped! Babies and children belong with thier mothers, if thier mothers want them!!!! Who cares about the pedifile fathers? Give these woman and children a chance for a new life.

    April 25, 2008 at 2:24 am |
  2. Karla Garaycoa

    Why hasn't anyone commented on the fact that all welfare and government agency programs require a social security number? How can these people get government aid if they are not reporting social security numbers? Also on tax forms to deduct children they have to report children's social security numbers.

    I am not in pro or con of the issue, but I pose these questions also,
    why hasn't CNN reported on the CPS's care of children in Texas?
    Will these 460 some children really get the best care, and how good is that care, as the stastics are terrible. Texas has one of the largest numbers of teenages pregnancies. Also Texas CPS has one of the nation's highest death rates as a state. How many of these children are going to be abused in foster care or die?

    Next is this a war between the local groups who proclame all Morman groups to be of the devil? Is it that they don't want the FLDS people at all in their area? Is there more behind the story than meets the eye?

    And lastly, are these cult "experts" building the case against the FLDS to " study them more in depth so they can write "cult books" and make them into study cases and sell their books and make big bucks?

    April 24, 2008 at 11:27 pm |
  3. Lili

    Has the Judge given the women any conditions on how to get their children back ?

    I heard something on the radio but will not post as I am not sure it is factual.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  4. C&D

    Not that it matters but, we have been turning off 360 more and more b/c we are so tired of hearing about this story. We watched Olberman last night (on another channel -opposite 360 -where we live)... he's a little over-the-top, but at least he didn't waste time with speculation on this case and the latest, up-to-the-minute report to inform us that nothing has happened since the last up-to-the-minute report. I'm sure you don't care.....but, I think this polygamy story is getting coverage only b/c it is about !!!! S-E-X !!!! It is not breaking news or anything that affects the average person's daily life.
    People are talking about the election, gas prices, food prices, the food shortages around the world, the stock market, the Middle East.....not this. As I said, we didn't watch last night so I don't know – maybe it wasn't even mentioned -but there are a lot more pressing things that people would like to learn about.

    April 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  5. Judy Stage Brooklyn MI

    Correction....Judge Walthers is a she....Her name is Barbara....

    April 24, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    No more emergency filings – that's probably a really good thing; makes everyone plan better and cuts down on the tussle back and forth between the parents and the CPS. It will be interesting to see what CPS comes up with to track the children with. I hope CPS is technologically equipped there to come up with something flexible enough to fill the need yet easy to use and access.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 23, 2008 at 11:59 pm |