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DNA tests of FLDS children in Texas custody could take days
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Posted: 5:41 PM- Texas Child Protective Services spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said today it may take several days to gather DNA samples from the 416 FLDS children in state custody.

The Texas Attorney General's Office will swab the children for DNA samples in a mobile unit at the fairgrounds where the children are staying in two shelters. Later in the week, the mobile unit will move to the Schleicher County Courthouse, where their parents will give DNA samples.

Once the children give samples, they will be placed in foster care, Pulliam said in an e-mail. The focus, she said, is "finding placements that best fit the special psychological needs of the children."

CPS will try to keep siblings together as well as underage mothers with their children.

"We are being very careful to find settings that do not expose the children to mainstream culture too quickly," Pulliam said.

The individual plans that will be created for each child, she said, will outline each child's educational, health-care and counseling needs. "We realize this is going to be a challenge because of their unique situation."

DNA samples were ordered last week by Texas 51st District Judge Barbara Walther. The judge also ordered maternity and paternity testing of both mothers and fathers.

The children were taken into custody following a raid that began April 3 on a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints near Eldorado, Texas.

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