NASW/Texas Position Statement on Eldorado
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Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid on Eldorado (Posted 5/28/08)
Polygamist sect work takes toll on social workers
'It was wrenching to pull children away from their mothers.' (Posted 5/8/08)
Look Past Polygamy
The 1953 Short Creek raid taught authorities a valuable lesson.
By Andrew Murr | NEWSWEEK. May 12, 2008 Issue (Posted 5/8/08)
Cost of Caring - Impact on Professionals (posted 5/6/08)
Affadivit - Judge's Decision to Remove Eldorado Children (posted 5/6/08)
DFPS Draft Model for Care for Children from YFZ (posted 5/5/08)
DFPS Draft Cultural Awareness Guide for Children from Eldorado (posted 5/5/08)
DFPS: Expert Session Addresses Needs of FLDS Children
On April 29 and 30, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) convened an information gathering session in Austin to address how to best serve the needs of children removed from the FLDS compound in Eldorado. Attending were state and national experts with a diverse background in serving a wide range of children in state care due to abuse and neglect. The session also included professionals who have worked with religious cult survivors and children in Child Protective Services guardianship, as well as former FLDS members. For more information, contact Marleigh Meisner at (325) 280-0224 or Patrick Crimmins at (512) 438-3112. NASW member Patricia Taylor, PhD, LCSW was invited to participate at the request of NASW/Texas. (Posted 5/1/08)
For regular updates on Eldorado from DFPS visit: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/.
NASW/Texas has reached out to members who are mainstream LDS. They have provided us with some information and resources for us to work towards the most culturally sensitive response possible. It is very important that we all understand that there is a significant difference between the mainstream LDS community and the polygamous sect.
- LDS Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1919.
- LDS Family Services has 62 offices throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
- The professional staff have at minimum a masters degree in the behavioral sciences.
The key services provided by LDS Family Services include:
Birth Parent Services
- Free Counseling to birth parents and birth grandparents regardless or race or religion.
- Birth parent support groups (where available).
- Temporary housing for birth mothers who wish to live away from home during the pregnancy.
- Medical and legal arrangements based on individual needs.
- Continued schooling arrangements.
- Adoption placement services tailored to the birth parent's needs, which may include the selection of adoptive parents, meetings, and exchanges of information.
- Birth parents may call 1-800-537-2229 for a referral to the office nearest them.
- An in-depth qualification process prior to couples adopting.
- Adoption education classes and support group.
- A wide range of adoption plans.
- At the request of local Church leaders, LDS Family Services provides professional assessment and counseling to individuals, couples and families.
- Common reasons for referral include, but are not limited to, marital conflict, parent-child conflict, addictions, abuse, depression and anxiety.
- Group counseling is offered in some offices based on clinical issues and need.
There are three LDS Family Services offices in Texas; info follows:
LDS Family Services
San Antonio Office (Houston Agency)
2103 Saint Cloud Rd
P.O. Box 380806 (mailing address)
San Antonio , Texas 78268
LDS Family Services
TX Dallas Agency
1100 West Jackson Road
Carrollton, TX 75006-1356
LDS Family Services
TX Houston Office
16333 Hafer Road
Houston, TX 77090-4412
See article on the Newsroom Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Click on the link below to view: