Texas Sect Parents Complain Of Vague Custody Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Some parents of children removed from a
West Texas polygamist retreat complained today that the custody
plans -- are vague.
Court hearings have begun in San Angelo for the more than 460
children removed last month from the compound near Eldorado.
Concerns have been raised that some of the children might have
been abused -- such as forced into marriages.
Church members deny the allegations.
Texas child welfare officials gave each of the youngsters in
state custody the same basic plan for parents to follow -- and
judges hearing the cases made few changes.
Here's more:
-- All of the plans call for parenting classes, vocational
training for the parents and require the adults to prove they can
support their children.
-- The parents will be required to outline their plans for
earning a living and to describe for the state their living
arrangements.
-- The plan does not require parents to renounce polygamy or
guarantee that their daughters won't be married before the age of
consent, which in Texas is 17.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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