Non-Biological Parents in Send a Message App

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alex.diestler
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Non-Biological Parents in Send a Message App

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We noticed that when you select "Parents of Young Men" and "Parent of Young Women" you only get the biological parents of the child, rather than the adults in the household, which means if there's a non-biological parent for one of the children, they don't automatically get the messages that are sent out. Is it possible to modify the behavior or have a setting added that would allow us to include step-parents, grandparents raising the children, or allow for some of the other non-nuclear family scenarios that we encounter?
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In the Leader and Clerk Resources forum there is a topic titled "Send a Message" Function on LCR that briefly addresses this issue. Mentioned in this post the poster states " It appears it only goes to those who are both listed as the child's parents and are in the household." Adding to that I would clarify the definition of parent to include adoptive parents. This means parents who have the child listed on their membership record. This excludes guardians/parents/step-parents/grand parents/other relatives that do not have the child listed in their membership record.
alex.diestler wrote: Is it possible to modify the behavior or have a setting added that would allow us to include step-parents, grandparents raising the children, or allow for some of the other non-nuclear family scenarios that we encounter?
The best method to get this suggestion to those who make the decisions about such features is to send feedback using the feedback link found at the bottom of the Send a Message application. There is little chance those who make the decisions will see this thread or even visit the Tech Forum.
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I know from past conversations, the decision about who to include is not taken lightly. Somewhere between the policy and legal people, it was decided that simply being the "adult" of the household wasn't enough to consider them to be the child's guardian.

In your request, you might ask for consideration to include the spouse of the biological parent when all three are in the same household. (I hope the developers don't put coal in my stocking for that suggestion...)

Please note that the child's records should reflect the legal parents, not necessarily the biological parents. If the non-biological parent has adopted the child, then it would be appropriate to record them as the child's parent - which would solve your issue. (See General Handbook 33.6.12)
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russellhltn wrote:In your request, you might ask for consideration to include the spouse of the biological parent when all three are in the same household. (I hope the developers don't put coal in my stocking for that suggestion...)
You won't get coal in your stocking, but I can confirm that the rule that has been established is that a member must be (1) the child's parent and (2) the child and parent must be in the same household. Other adults in the household (step-parents, adult siblings, other random adults) should not be treated as a parent by applications. There was specific discussion about how to treat step-parents (spouse of a biological parent when all three are in the same household) and the above rule reflects the result of that discussion.
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