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Making the Family Strong: LDS Church agency refocuses on family counseling and adoptions
Salt Lake Tribune 8Jan00 N1
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

The recent renaming of "LDS Social Services" into the new "LDS Family Services" reflects a focus change as well as a name change. Family Services Commissioner Fred Riley says "We want to be a force to help families survive in this world. And there seems to be a sense of community support for families, a kind of regeneration [of the idea] that we have to somehow strengthen families."

Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a rise in the number of divorce, single parent families, youth crime, and unwed mothers.

As a result, LDS Family Services will focus on family counselling and adoption. They also have consultation services for church leaders. The agency works in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and England. There are three hundred full-time employees and 150 part-time staffers.

Brother Riley says, "In the 21st century, [we will] try to help young women who are pregnant out of wedlock become more aware that we exist, both inside and outside the church. Adoption has become a very powerful tool for both the child's best interest and to help them have a chance at a better life."


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