Families sought for teens from polygamous homes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The polygamous church is accused of influencing families to eject youths or other family members deemed to be "apostates."

Temple of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in El Dorado, Texas

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A group of state officials and educators is looking for Utah families willing to take in young people who have left polygamous homes.

The group Safety Net will host an open house Tuesday in St. George in hopes of finding new families willing to care for teenagers who have left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The polygamous church is accused of influencing families to eject youths or other family members deemed to be "apostates," leaving them struggling to adapt to an unfamiliar society outside their insular community.

Twenty-two-year-old former FLDS member Hyrum Barlow told The Spectrum of St. George that his host family was instrumental in pushing him to obtain a GED certificate and still offers support to him and his new family.


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