CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO DCFS IN WASHINGTON STATE

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We are currently in a battle, like many people I have been contacted by, and numerous people who have spoken with me regarding corruption in Washington State by Caseworkers and their supervisors. In our case we were courted by the state to adopt my great niece, because her mother could not care for her. They said, we really want to keep her in the family. Numerous homestudys visits from AZ to Spokane later we brought her home. A new caseworker took over and as the adoption neared she was removed from us and is now in foster care. We have never received a official reason for removal. The caseworker has told family members, agencies lawyer all different stories but will not put it in writing. Now we have learned this is not a uncommon practice. Caseworkers have their "favorites" in the state they seek to help find the "perfect" child. Sadly we learned money does change hands and children are removed needlessly from Biological parents and family members eager, able and willing to care for these children. Families are being destroyed and effected for the rest of their lives. It is our understanding this has been going on for a long time, we are just the latest victim. We need to stand up and have the whole department investigated. The time has come to protect these children and families.

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Three of my eight children, the ones that are most adoptable, are being kept in the system while the older ones have all been returned to us. Lies are all being told to the courts by the case worker and his supervising crony.
Please help! ! DCFS/DSHS/CPS/DLR ; Region 4,West Seattle,Region 2,King County have been conspiring by stealing children away from vulnerable,trusting families who cannot afford defense other than state approved public defender's. There is a obvious pattern of corruption by the same authorities who are on boards,councels and committees. I am certain I can provide names of a few who have acted inappropriate and deceitfull representing cases which end in termination or adoption . These children are suffering and surely will grow up with personality disorders which in turn will result in unproductive adults. What are these people thinking!!!!! Is money so important to them that they are willing to lie straight faced to the rest of us.
The agency which I am referring has a "DUMMY" file they use to file allegations against me. I Know this factually because an Attorney was able to get my file to me. But I am still waiting for my file to be released under the PRA act. and have made several formal requests to obtain my file from the cps office who handled my bogus cases. I was told during the last dependency hearing that I was not allowed a civil trial because there had been judgement made at my fact-finding that I was found guilty of "coaching" my daughter, who had made several disclosures of sex abuse done to her by her father. She is still living with her father. The rumor in my town is that her father's mother is moving up from another state to care for her as he is been noted as not caring for her. This is outrageous news because she was maliciously taken out of my care without probable cause,liniment danger or due process. Who is going to save my child?
Greysharbor county does do everything in there power to steal Kids. I have a open case since june,they have nothing on me at all,Social workers keeping me on the said as I continually asked who was the state attorney for me, Mean while as the social worker keeps talking to me in the lobby the judge is signing a order for Shelter care, I live 6 hours from this county, Greysharbor and the state attorney all knew My case qualified for a change. They kept accusing me of drugs that I have never consumed not even alcohol,UAS weekly and a hair folical. They have nothing,they knock on my door one day and tell me to leave the county now, I was gone in 2 days,As soon as they knew I was gone they filed papper after papper in superior court fulling knowing where I was at 6 hours away I spoke with them on several occasions,while they filed away and Never notified me. There is so much more. I am the only living walking human being that they have come across that you cant bargain one child for the other. When they released my 7 year old they did a reintake on him and will not give me a closure letter. this whole agency needs to be investigated,the corruption in every aspect of the CPS system in greysharbor county Washington. Not to mention the foster home that my 7 hear old was in locked the small children in the room with a clip on the outside. My 7 year old undid the clip and let the crying,screeming small children out.The foster mom got a shoe string and my child couldn't let the small kids out. I reported it, Im sure they did nothing about it. this county truly does steal kids and will go to whatever means to try and get there leverage, to use it against you. Well not me, Yep im a good girl that has lived with god as my shield:) My case is active and I am on the hunt for a attorney that fights for the kids,that this vicious county steals.
My wife killed herself after losing our 4 babies because she was a stay at home Mom who suffered from intractable seizures and I was trying to work to keep food and shelter. Our kids were never abused or neglected until they went into foster care where one was sexually abused by a much older child. It broke my child's spirit. They destroyed our family. Most of the caseworkers in Clark County have napoleon complexes because they have unlimited legal resources to fight against a parent who isn't afraid to stand up to them. How dare anyone question a civil servant who's paid with our taxes??? .......
bring them home safely
Dcfs is a system too bring families down not help
I could tell my personal story, and it is a sad and frustrating one, but the reality is, the problems with child protective services in this country go far beyond what has been done to me and my son. Those without money and resources are so frequently targeted, and it's becoming all-too-common for families to use the system against each other, making allegations simply to gain custody of a child. Removal of a child should always be the last resort- all other, less devastating and extreme, options should be considered and attempted first. The biases of impartial reporters (ie, caregivers/foster parents, whether relatives or strangers, who have a vested interest in the termination of a parent's rights) should be taken into consideration, and any information given should be taken with a grain of salt, and the understanding that these individuals want to adopt the child in question. There needs to be some accountability for these workers, and their burden of proof should be higher. The answer to the tragedy of a lost child is NOT the removal of more children- it is the implementation of a higher standard of what constitutes a child being considered "at risk" or "in danger." With fewer frivolous cases on the docket, and social worker's caseloads reduced, more time, effort, and resources could be allocated for the protection of children who are truly being abused or neglected. Serious cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and severe neglect would get more attention, and there would be less tragedy and cases that "fell through the cracks." But the fact is, unfortunately, there will be tragedies. It's unavoidable- no person nor agency is fallible or omniscient. Taking more kids from their parents, however, won't solve anything- it will just overcrowd the system. The fact is, DCFS is an agency with an agenda few want to publicly question, and they aren't accountable to anyone. Their burden of proof is significantly lower than that for criminal court- basically, you'd have more rights if you were accused of murder. Concerns, suspicions, hearsay, and innuendo are not valid reasons for the termination of a parent's rights- and neither is being poor. A better use for some of the money and resources currently being wasted on the overcrowded juvenile court system would be the diversion to family reunification and social welfare programs (like affordable housing). Wake up America- let's see some reform! Please-- my son's life and future, along with so many others, depend upon it!
I could tell my personal story, and it is a sad and frustrating one, but the reality is, the problems with child protective services in this country go far beyond what has been done to me and my son. Those without money and resources are so frequently targeted, and it's becoming all-too-common for families to use the system against each other, making allegations simply to gain custody of a child. Removal of a child should always be the last resort- all other, less devastating and extreme, options should be considered and attempted first. The biases of impartial reporters (ie, caregivers/foster parents, whether relatives or strangers, who have a vested interest in the termination of a parent's rights) should be taken into consideration, and any information given should be taken with a grain of salt, and the understanding that these individuals want to adopt the child in question. There needs to be some accountability for these workers, and their burden of proof should be higher. The answer to the tragedy of a lost child is NOT the removal of more children- it is the implementation of a higher standard of what constitutes a child being considered "at risk" or "in danger." With fewer frivolous cases on the docket, and social worker's caseloads reduced, more time, effort, and resources could be allocated for the protection of children who are truly being abused or neglected. Serious cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and severe neglect would get more attention, and there would be less tragedy and cases that "fell through the cracks." But the fact is, unfortunately, there will be tragedies. It's unavoidable- no person nor agency is fallible or omniscient. Taking more kids from their parents, however, won't solve anything- it will just overcrowd the system. The fact is, DCFS is an agency with an agenda few want to publicly question, and they aren't accountable to anyone. Their burden of proof is significantly lower than that for criminal court- basically, you'd have more rights if you were accused of murder. Concerns, suspicions, hearsay, and innuendo are not valid reasons for the termination of a parent's rights- and neither is being poor. A better use for some of the money and resources currently being wasted on the overcrowded juvenile court system would be the diversion to family reunification and social welfare programs (like affordable housing). Wake up America- let's see some reform! Please-- my son's life and future, along with so many others, depend upon it!
This abuse has GOT TO STOP!!! I live in Illinois in Will county and DCFS tells lies. To you and on the stand and under oath to a judge. They hide documents. They refuse to give you copies of your records, even though it it your legal right to have them.

My child was torn from me, with the help of my exhusband, his mother, and the case worker, whom was not only paid but sleeping with him. I fought and fought HARD...with only a public defender, but I TOOK THE LEAD....I FILED THE MOTIONS....I DID RESEARCH.....I LEARNED THE LAW....I KEPT DOCUMENTATION OF EVERYTHING....I FOLLOWED THEM AROUND TO GET PICTURES OF PROOF....AFTER TWO VERY LONG YEARS AND NUMEROUS DISAPPOINTMENTS AND COURT DATES THAT DEVASTATED, I FINALLY GOT HER BACK HOME WITH ME AND SAFE.

When she returned home she had developed Tricotillamania, a condition that due to stress, depression, anxiety, etc. she would pull her hair out. She had no eyelashes. She had no eyebrows. She had no arm or leg hair. She had a huge chunk of the hair on top of her head missing....After over a year in therapy and with a feeling of protection and love and better certainty that I would let NO ONE EVER DO THIS TO US AGAIN, she now has all her hair and we are still working on other issues.

Her father was a severe alcoholic and was abusive to me. He was a felon for beating me. All of which DCFS was aware of prior to them ripping my child from me and allowing her to stay with him. He would drive drunk and often. He would pass out early evening and she would have to be sure he was okay and put him to bed. All of this while my daughter was only 9 years old. And they let her stay with him!!!! And all because a caseworker can say whatever they want and judges simply take their word for it!!!!!

I am happy and sad at the same time when I tell you that, less than 6 months after I finally won and got her back with me, her Dad died in a drunk driving accident. If I didn't finally beat these monsters, she would have been WITH HIM!

Rather than helping a family in need, they tore one apart, abused my child, ignored my husbands desperate need for help and falsely accused me all to gain what THEY WANTED.

This abuse in power must be stopped. I currently go with and help people in court for domestic violence, child support and also for others involved in DCFS/CPS. I sign this petition with the hope that one day we will ALL stand up for the children and families and help put an end to this abuse by DCFS and our judicial systems.

Jennifer Hudson
Cresthill, IL.
Critical review and reform of this governmental organization is in deep need. Those who are considered professionals should also be accountable for their actions.
I have been trying to get custody o my childrens half sister from TX. The judge in TX has already agreed that she can live with me, pending that I pass a home study. After I went through all of their classes to become foster care certified they denied my home after only visiting it one time. They refused to give me any reason as to why. I literally passed all back ground checks, income requirements, and all the other hoopla they put me through. I even have full custody of my nephew. Both her parents want me to have custody. Because of Spokane CPS not approving me, she (who is 15) will most likely age out of the system in Texas three years from now. She feels so unloved and betrayed by CPS. I would like to have laws made that held them accountable for decisions of our children. I want them to tell me why they would deny a child her right to a home and her family.