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Cherish Families collaborates with many government, private, and non-profit partners to help provide culturally sensitive and appropriate services and resources to those from polygamist backgrounds. For agencies wishing to partner with us, we offer a Memorandum of Understanding and Confidentiality Agreements. Under these agreements, we can both educate and partner for joint case management as well as provide technical assistance.



Part of what we do is provide educational opportunities for the professional organizations that work with us. These opportunities enable us to give insights and training to those who support and serve the polygamist communities, which helps them focus their services to make the biggest impact possible. Some of our trainings are below.

*If you'd like to request training for your organization, please fill out the form above.*


NASW Continuing Education Credits available

Working with Plural Families/Communities Cultural Competence Training-Part 1 (Minimum time requirement 90 minutes) 

 Although there are estimates of 50,000 to 80,000 polygamists throughout the intermountain west, relatively little is known about these families and communities. This training gives relevant information and best practices to providers working with those from plural families and communities and includes: 

  • History of polygamy

  • Laws in the state of Utah

  • Historical Trauma

  • Education, healthcare, family life

  • Terminology

  • Myths and Stereotypes

  • Barriers to service for victims from plural families/communities

  • Suggestions for working with plural families

  • Special considerations when safety planning and providing services


Working with Plural Families/Communities Cultural Competence Training-Part 2 (minimum time requirement 90 minutes)

An in-depth specialized training on working with FLDS clients (former or current). The FLDS community led by Warren Jeffs became increasingly isolated from mainstream society developing unique terminology, religious practices, and requirements. This training helps service providers understand and navigate the incredibly complex nuances to serving victims from the FLDS community and includes: 

  • FLDS community changes under the leadership of Warren Jeffs

  • Education, healthcare, family

  • Terminology

  • Myths and Stereotypes

  • Barriers to getting help and service

  • Transition and adjustment to life outside the FLDS community

  • Suggestions for working with FLDS clients

  • Cultural considerations

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