Two months ago, Texas Child Protective Services raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a polygamous compound run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). More than 400 children were taken into custody.
Yesterday, Barbara Walther, the district judge in Schleicher County, Texas, responding to a decision by the Texas Supreme Court, ruled that the state had to return those children. Texas did not have enough evidence to seize them, they said.
In our first hour, NPR's Wade Goodwyn will tell us more about Judge Walther's decision, the Yearning for Zion Ranch, and the FLDS. Then we'll hear from Jackie Carter, who directs the High Sky Children's Ranch, where 15 girls went after the raid; Scott McCown, the director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, based in Austin; and Dan Adams, who runs Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, where 72 boys have been housed.
Do you have questions about the raid? About the ruling? Do you think that Texas Child Protective Services went too far? Should they have intervened?