This is a  staff list for Extended Family, Inc. in Spanish Fork, UT

(aka Magellan Academy, Ventura Girls' Home, Endeavor Boys' Home, Child Placing Program)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Extended Family, Inc..  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Extended Family, Inc., you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Extended Family, Inc., please contact if you remember the long-term employees and from which years. This will help!  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.



 (HEAL recommends you do not send any child to a facility in Utah.)



Additional Information
Paul Wiederhold Director/Owner This program takes children as young as 6 years old.  Wiederhold is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Utah.  Source:

City, State, Zip, Country: PROVO, UT 846041830, UNITED STATES
License Number: 4789638-2501
License Status: DENIED
Original Issue Date:
Expiration Date:
Agency and Disciplinary Action*: NONE
Docket Number: N/A

Terie Wiederhold Owner There is no further information on these two.  They've been with the program since 1997 and have owned it since 2004.  Wiederhold is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in Utah.  Source:
Extended Family, Inc. uses the same Positive Control System methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.
Sex abuse alleged at Spanish Fork youth home By Erin Alberty The Salt Lake Tribune Published November 14, 2013 8:03 am Crime Prosecutors file felony charges against the man. A youth home employee in Spanish Fork is accused of performing sex acts on two 14-year-old girls who were in custody despite previous warnings against unsupervised contact with the young residents. In charges filed Wednesday in 4th District Court, prosecutors alleged that a girl living at the youth center Extended Family Services was just four days into her stay there when she told her caseworker that employee Wade Russell, 59, had touched her inappropriately. The girl, identified in charges only as "V1" said that on Nov. 3, her third night at EFS, Russell went into her room, lay down next to her bed and fondled her over her clothing. She said she knew of another girl who also had been abused. Security camera footage from that time shows Russell's feet "sticking out of the doorway as if he is lying down," court documents claim. The girl's roommate confirmed that Russell was lying close to the victim, prosecutors say. The other victim, "V2," said Russell sexually abused her on multiple occasions after she arrived at EFS in June. She said that on Nov. 2, Russell asked her to join him in the laundry room because he could turn off the lights and escape the security cameras. Video from outside the laundry room allegedly shows Russell entering the laundry room and turning off the lights before the girl followed him inside. She claimed that Russell molested her then, and later the same day in her room. The second victim said Russell also used his cell phone to show her pornography. A job evaluation for Russell by EFS in August shows he was told not to have "any contact with female residents alone or out of the view of the camera," and that he was told to stop "hugging the young girls," according to charges. Charging documents do not indicate why those instructions were given. Russell denied to police touching either of the girls sexually and said the events recorded on camera amounted only to poor judgment on his part. When asked for his cell phone to search its browser history, he said he lost the phone, police reported. The owners of EFS were not available for comment on Thursday. Russell was charged with two first-degree felony counts of forcible sodomy, six second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse and third-degree felony dealing in materials harmful to a minor. He was scheduled for his first appearance on Thursday before 4th District Judge James Taylor.  Source:

 *(Extended Family, Inc, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

 Last Updated: September 23rd, 2015

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