Jessica Escaping Polygamy


Jessica is the oldest of 12 children to Daniel Kingston and his sixth wife, Heidi Mattingly Foster, who today still belong to the polygamist group known as The Order. At the age of 14, she was courted by her 42-year-old uncle to become his third wife. Before Jessica was officially engaged to her uncle, she managed to run away with the help of her aunt, who called the police and filed a protective order against Daniel for both Jessica and her sister Andrea. During a nationally covered custody battle, Jessica was placed in foster care and her parents were eventually ruled unfit to raise her and they relinquished parental rights. Jessica was then adopted by a family the day after her 18th birthday. Finally free of The Order, Jessica has spent the past few years of her life helping other people escape the horror of a life she once knew. Today, she is married with two daughters and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

Video: Jessica’s Story