Sunday, January 13, 2013

Foster care in Ariz. polygamist enclave draws eyes

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/20570628/foster-care-in-ariz-polygamist-enclave-draws-eyes

Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:45 AM Updated: Jan 12, 2013 10:45 AM

COLORADO CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona is placing foster children in the polygamist enclave of Colorado City, raising concerns about their future and state Child Protective Services' judgment.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/VRDKEY) that Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson says foster children should not be placed in Colorado City, where he believes child labor, arranged marriages and abuse run rampant.

Johnson identified one Colorado City foster parent as Dan Wayman, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints whose family was "reassigned" some years ago by church leader Warren Jeffs.

Johnson said Wayman is licensed to care for five children.

Nicole Davis, chief counsel for the Child and Family Protection Division, says she couldn't discuss the case.

Wayman did not immediately return a phone message from the Associated Press.

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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