Lawsuit Filed Against Department Of Human Services

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Terrah

Miami, OK

#21 Mar 14, 2008
My family was failed by OKDHS. I had two children that were taken by DHS. they pressed criminal child neglet charges against me and agrred that if I "stipulated" to the alligations, They would drop the chares. I call that legall blackmale. I was young and my attorney failed to tell me what stipulated ment.(ageeing with the alligatios) When they felt that the alligations made weren't going to hold any truth, they made up new alligations. That only prolonged my childrens stay in DHS custody. After a period of time I had another child that was also taken from me right out of the hospital. I fought tooth and nail to get my children back and so did my parents. I never won the battle because I couldn't afford a good attorney. They have since then been adopted and I pray that someday my children will come and find me. I fought for 2 years and with a corrupt system and I believe that my court appointed lawyers was corrupt as well. I lost my babies to this awful Government funded program.
anon

Bethany, OK

#22 Mar 17, 2008
Brenda wrote:
I know of other forster parents that have NO business with children. One woman taped a two year olds thumb down with duck tape. to keep her from sucking it. dhs did nothing, the child was left with her. she belittles and mistreats the children in her care, yet she is still parenting.
we have made dhs aware of several people who need their foster care permit pulled and nothing has been done.
fingerprints, mug shots, and blood, hair, and urine for drug testing , back ground checks, are used by the casinos in neveda, before you can work for them.
Casinos have stricter codes for working, than what dhs and our school systems do for people in charge of our children.
Well I am so glad to see somebody that has not had to have there child taken away to be aware of what really goes on. I was one of those people who thought if you did what you were supposed to than you would be alright. I really appriciat the fact that you are taking care of children and are smart enough to know that everybody in your' group in society may not be the same as you. There are alot of people that belive that just because they are good people than everybody that is kind of like them is as good. Take Christians for example< there are alot of Christans that belive they are without sin but, if they were good Christians they would read the Bible and understand that it says NO ONE is without sin. I hope you understand that the pride of taking care of a child is a reward in its own.and Ps. Thank you fro caring we all appriciate it.
anon

Bethany, OK

#23 Mar 17, 2008
Well I am so glad to see somebody that has not had to have there child taken away to be aware of what really goes on. I was one of those people who thought if you did what you were supposed to than you would be alright. I really appriciat the fact that you are taking care of children and are smart enough to know that everybody in your' group in society may not be the same as you. There are alot of people that belive that just because they are good people than everybody that is kind of like them is as good. Take Christians for example< there are alot of Christans that belive they are without sin but, if they were good Christians they would read the Bible and understand that it says NO ONE is without sin. I hope you understand that the pride of taking care of a child is a reward in its own and, Ps. Thank you for caring we all appriciate it.
anon

Bethany, OK

#24 Mar 17, 2008
Well I am so glad to see somebody that has not had to have there child taken away to be aware of what really goes on. I was one of those people who thought if you did what you were supposed to than you would be alright. I really appriciat the fact that you are taking care of children and are smart enough to know that everybody in your' group in society may not be the same as you. There are alot of people that belive that just because they are good people than everybody that is kind of like them is as good. Take Christians for example< there are alot of Christans that belive they are without sin but, if they were good Christians they would read the Bible and understand that it says NO ONE is without sin. I hope you understand that the pride of taking care of a child is a reward in its own.and Ps. Thank you fro caring we all appriciate it.
anon

Bethany, OK

#25 Mar 17, 2008
Well I am so glad to see somebody that has not had to have there child taken away to be aware of what really goes on. I was one of those people who thought if you did what you were supposed to than you would be alright. I really appriciat the fact that you are taking care of children and are smart enough to know that everybody in your' group in society may not be the same as you. There are alot of people that belive that just because they are good people than everybody that is kind of like them is as good. Take Christians for example< there are alot of Christans that belive they are without sin but, if they were good Christians they would read the Bible and understand that it says NO ONE is without sin. I hope you understand that the pride of taking care of a child is a reward in its own.and Ps. Thank you for caring we all appriciate it.

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#28 Mar 17, 2008
sounds like the public will have to take matters into their own hands and do dhs'sjob for them the same way the state has to do with the feds' lack of enforcing immigration laws
grandmother

Oklahoma City, OK

#29 Apr 14, 2008
I've just had a case worker come to my home, to talk to my daughter, because my granddaughter smelled of marijuna, I told her we burn sage in the morning, since last wk, because she is getting an indian name soon, I don't know what's gonna become of this
tiniert1

Bryan, OH

#30 Apr 14, 2008
there worse than the homes they were taken out of, are goverment is becoming incompatent

Since: Mar 08

Edmond, OK

#32 Apr 15, 2008
asm wrote:
OKDHS workers hide behind state laws that keep individuals from filing lawsuits against a worker for doing their jobs and making mistakes. Those same Workers then DO NOT follow the Oklahoma or Federal Laws. They think that they are above the law.
That is absolutely true. http://www.tulsatoday.com/index.php... relates my experience with the Adult Protective Services side of DHS

I pointed out to them 43A O.S. 10-110 ( http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/Deliver... ) many times, and they just refused to follow it.

http://wwwtmrcom.blogspot.com/2008/04/morriss... Rep. Richard Morrissette today called on House leaders to appoint a bipartisan committee with subpoena power to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Department of Human Services. Maybe that will do something.

Howard H Hendrick - Director of Human Services (Cabinet Secretary) blames the problem on dysfunction at DHS on ?too many single parent families, whom he described as destabilizing forces on the agency, placing upon it an undue burden."

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#33 Apr 15, 2008
I am a state Foster care parent.My mother was also a foster parent, I know first hand how this system works. My sister had her children taken, after 5 years of turning her in, finally DHS did something. I took in these kids and I took the best care of them I could. My sister has since past away and my neices are adopted by my mother. I have had other children as well, it is not all the DHS system fault. The goal is amost ALWAYS to give the children back. They make a plan for the parents and if the parents follow it, they should get their kids back. I have had parents not show up for visits, show up drunk, high, and cuss at me, spit on me, I could go on and on. How is it that DHS is at fault for these types of parents? I do not think they should be. I do think DHS needs to change in the fact that giving the kids back is top priorty, I think parents should be made to be better parents to their kids first. However there are kids out there that did not need to be taken, and they need to be placed back with the parents. Every one deserves a second chance. I guess if you have kids taken, do what the court tells you and you should get them back, the cases of abuse in this state are overwhelming. To many kids not many homes for them. maybe all the people on here griping about the system should get involved and help them, be come a foster care parent, help a child. If you see a parent struggling, help them, before DHS comes in.. It takes a village to raise a child. together we can make a difference in a childs or a parents life that needs it.

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#34 Apr 15, 2008
Kim from Bartlesville wrote:
I am a state Foster care parent.My mother was also a foster parent, I know first hand how this system works. My sister had her children taken, after 5 years of turning her in, finally DHS did something. I took in these kids and I took the best care of them I could. My sister has since past away and my neices are adopted by my mother. I have had other children as well, it is not all the DHS system fault. The goal is amost ALWAYS to give the children back. They make a plan for the parents and if the parents follow it, they should get their kids back. I have had parents not show up for visits, show up drunk, high, and cuss at me, spit on me, I could go on and on. How is it that DHS is at fault for these types of parents? I do not think they should be. I do think DHS needs to change in the fact that giving the kids back is top priorty, I think parents should be made to be better parents to their kids first. However there are kids out there that did not need to be taken, and they need to be placed back with the parents. Every one deserves a second chance. I guess if you have kids taken, do what the court tells you and you should get them back, the cases of abuse in this state are overwhelming. To many kids not many homes for them. maybe all the people on here griping about the system should get involved and help them, be come a foster care parent, help a child. If you see a parent struggling, help them, before DHS comes in.. It takes a village to raise a child. together we can make a difference in a childs or a parents life that needs it.
if that is the case then why are many of these kids wind up dead? or parents who do what the agency/courts tell them to do and never see them again? the system is seriously flawed and needs an overhaul.

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#35 Apr 16, 2008
roofgoof wrote:
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if that is the case then why are many of these kids wind up dead? or parents who do what the agency/courts tell them to do and never see them again? the system is seriously flawed and needs an overhaul.
I do agree the system is flawed. However not all parents do what the court says. I have seen it first hand, parents get filled up with pride. They get a job for a while and then quit, or get fired. They do not have a place to live that is safe for the child. Children wind up dead because of the fact that putting the child back with the parents is always the goal. That is why I stated that the court needs to better investigate the plans before the child goes home. I do not think every child should be placed back into the home with the parent,but the second chance is the plan of the court for the parent to clean up their act, and if they do, then let them have the children, if they do not, then they should not get their kids back. I am not saying the foster care system is great, I have also known foster parents that do not need to have kids.So how do we change it? We need to take an active role, and help each other, like I said, instead of just reading about stuff, and complaining about it, then step up, and help! I am not perfect, I make mistakes every day, and I try to learn from them and move on. God put us here to be a blessing to others, and children are our greatest gifts. We all need to take an active role in helping them grow and make wise choices. Sometimes we need to help parents too. The DHS is not to blame for everything, it all has 2 sides.

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#36 Apr 16, 2008
Kim from Bartlesville wrote:
<quoted text>I do agree the system is flawed. However not all parents do what the court says. I have seen it first hand, parents get filled up with pride. They get a job for a while and then quit, or get fired. They do not have a place to live that is safe for the child. Children wind up dead because of the fact that putting the child back with the parents is always the goal. That is why I stated that the court needs to better investigate the plans before the child goes home. I do not think every child should be placed back into the home with the parent,but the second chance is the plan of the court for the parent to clean up their act, and if they do, then let them have the children, if they do not, then they should not get their kids back. I am not saying the foster care system is great, I have also known foster parents that do not need to have kids.So how do we change it? We need to take an active role, and help each other, like I said, instead of just reading about stuff, and complaining about it, then step up, and help! I am not perfect, I make mistakes every day, and I try to learn from them and move on. God put us here to be a blessing to others, and children are our greatest gifts. We all need to take an active role in helping them grow and make wise choices. Sometimes we need to help parents too. The DHS is not to blame for everything, it all has 2 sides.
when caseworkers are overloaded and /or there are not enough of them to deal with the caseload and the children suffer as a result DHS IS to blame. like you i am a taxpayer and i expect these people to do the job we as taxpayers pay them for.i agree not all parents do what the agency/courts tell them to do but those that do dont deserve to go through the hell that the state puts them through either.

Since: Mar 08

Edmond, OK

#37 Apr 16, 2008
roofgoof wrote:
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when caseworkers are overloaded and /or there are not enough of them to deal with the caseload and the children suffer as a result DHS IS to blame.
If the problem is that there are not enough case workers, then the problem lies with the legislature. They should allow more case workers to be hired. But until they are hired, DHS should just focus on the worst cases, and make sure they follow through on them properly, and follow the law on the cases they do take.

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#38 Apr 16, 2008
donsingleton wrote:
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If the problem is that there are not enough case workers, then the problem lies with the legislature. They should allow more case workers to be hired. But until they are hired, DHS should just focus on the worst cases, and make sure they follow through on them properly, and follow the law on the cases they do take.
but they don't and the children suffer for it as a result.so something needs to be done, whatever it takes to get the job done. either the state does it or the federal judge presiding over the case will do it for them

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#39 Apr 16, 2008
roofgoof wrote:
<quoted text>
when caseworkers are overloaded and /or there are not enough of them to deal with the caseload and the children suffer as a result DHS IS to blame. like you i am a taxpayer and i expect these people to do the job we as taxpayers pay them for.i agree not all parents do what the agency/courts tell them to do but those that do dont deserve to go through the hell that the state puts them through either.
I see your point, really I do. And i do think there are good parents out there that are doing the best they can, and are put through alot when it comes to DHS. However, if some parents are let off, and others are not, how is DHS going to weed out the bad ones? Shouldn't all parents be treated equally by the courts, and by DHS? How are they to know just because you did whatever you did once, then you will not do it again? They can't, that is why children are put back and are abused again and again, and even killed in this state. It is due to parents thinking they did nothing wrong in the first place. And they get so full of pride, that they refuse to do what the court tells them to, and fix it. If the parents do what the court says, then yes, they deserve some credit and to be treated better by DHS. And I understand that does not always happen, and the FEW that are good parents trying to get it together suffer because of the BAD parents that just don't care. That is just the way it is, the system is not perfect. But they are trying, and overloaded cases, and to few workers, and to few good foster homes can not be solved overnight. You as a taxpayer as you put it, write to your congressman, call your state leaders, GET INVOLVED. So don't just sit around and place blame on DHS if you do not intend to do anything about it. That is what is wrong with our youth today, they see adults with the "it is always someone else's fault" or "they should fix the system" they do not see the adults getting up and making a stand and doing anything to try to help. One person can make a difference! We succeed by taking a first little step, and being a leader, not waiting until someone comes along and fixes everything for us.

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#40 Apr 16, 2008
Kim from Bartlesville wrote:
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I see your point, really I do. And i do think there are good parents out there that are doing the best they can, and are put through alot when it comes to DHS. However, if some parents are let off, and others are not, how is DHS going to weed out the bad ones? Shouldn't all parents be treated equally by the courts, and by DHS? How are they to know just because you did whatever you did once, then you will not do it again? They can't, that is why children are put back and are abused again and again, and even killed in this state. It is due to parents thinking they did nothing wrong in the first place. And they get so full of pride, that they refuse to do what the court tells them to, and fix it. If the parents do what the court says, then yes, they deserve some credit and to be treated better by DHS. And I understand that does not always happen, and the FEW that are good parents trying to get it together suffer because of the BAD parents that just don't care. That is just the way it is, the system is not perfect. But they are trying, and overloaded cases, and to few workers, and to few good foster homes can not be solved overnight. You as a taxpayer as you put it, write to your congressman, call your state leaders, GET INVOLVED. So don't just sit around and place blame on DHS if you do not intend to do anything about it. That is what is wrong with our youth today, they see adults with the "it is always someone else's fault" or "they should fix the system" they do not see the adults getting up and making a stand and doing anything to try to help. One person can make a difference! We succeed by taking a first little step, and being a leader, not waiting until someone comes along and fixes everything for us.
ive already wrote the governor as well as out state reps concerning this so one step ahead.havent got an reply as of yet but i know it takes time

Since: Mar 08

norman,ok

#41 Apr 16, 2008
Kim from Bartlesville wrote:
<quoted text>
I see your point, really I do. And i do think there are good parents out there that are doing the best they can, and are put through alot when it comes to DHS. However, if some parents are let off, and others are not, how is DHS going to weed out the bad ones? Shouldn't all parents be treated equally by the courts, and by DHS? How are they to know just because you did whatever you did once, then you will not do it again? They can't, that is why children are put back and are abused again and again, and even killed in this state. It is due to parents thinking they did nothing wrong in the first place. And they get so full of pride, that they refuse to do what the court tells them to, and fix it. If the parents do what the court says, then yes, they deserve some credit and to be treated better by DHS. And I understand that does not always happen, and the FEW that are good parents trying to get it together suffer because of the BAD parents that just don't care. That is just the way it is, the system is not perfect. But they are trying, and overloaded cases, and to few workers, and to few good foster homes can not be solved overnight. You as a taxpayer as you put it, write to your congressman, call your state leaders, GET INVOLVED. So don't just sit around and place blame on DHS if you do not intend to do anything about it. That is what is wrong with our youth today, they see adults with the "it is always someone else's fault" or "they should fix the system" they do not see the adults getting up and making a stand and doing anything to try to help. One person can make a difference! We succeed by taking a first little step, and being a leader, not waiting until someone comes along and fixes everything for us.
in addition when DHS places these kids in foster homes and these kids wind up in the hospitial and/or the morgue DHS in my eyes isnt doing their job,and is guilty of gross neglience,regardless of who is responsible. the ultimate responsibility lies with the governor who should have ordered action taken to remedy this. but since he didnt a federal judge now has that task ahead of him. now as far as DHS weeding out the good from the bad,its on a case by case when they do follow ups on the cases the workers are assigned to,i agree its not the most reliable way to weed the good from the bad or those that are trying as best they can, but its all they have to work with right now.

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#42 Apr 16, 2008
roofgoof wrote:
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ive already wrote the governor as well as out state reps concerning this so one step ahead.havent got an reply as of yet but i know it takes time
Good for you for taking action, keep it up. Together we can prevail!

“Take time to smile! ”

Since: Mar 08

Bartlesville

#43 Apr 16, 2008
roofgoof wrote:
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in addition when DHS places these kids in foster homes and these kids wind up in the hospitial and/or the morgue DHS in my eyes isnt doing their job,and is guilty of gross neglience,regardless of who is responsible. the ultimate responsibility lies with the governor who should have ordered action taken to remedy this. but since he didnt a federal judge now has that task ahead of him. now as far as DHS weeding out the good from the bad,its on a case by case when they do follow ups on the cases the workers are assigned to,i agree its not the most reliable way to weed the good from the bad or those that are trying as best they can, but its all they have to work with right now.
I agree with this statement to a point, I belive case workers need to do more of a follow up as well with the kids. However when the child is placed in a foster home, it then becomes the foster parents that are to blame. This system in OK is very unsable regaurdig foster parents. A lot of foster homes do it for money, as a way to make a quick buck. And that is the part of the system that needs to be resolved. I understand that people need help feeding and clothing the children, and that is fine. However foster parents need to take the actions needed to care for these kids. I see to many just taking advandage of the system. I work hard in making sure my foster kids are treated the same way as I treat my own children, same rules, same love and understanding. I would never let harm come to them, these are other people's children, and they need to know they are loved, and they are worth something in this world. So if I had to place blame on anyone for the abuse in foster homes, I would have to place it on the foster parents of these kids in the first place. These bad foster parents are the ones that make DHS and the rest of us look bad. I always get a call to schedule a home visit, I have told DHS they are welcome any time, they do not have to even call. My case worker has a schedule of all activities we do, soccer, karate ect.. so they know where we are at all times. If more foster parents would be foster parents out of love for others and God, then a lot of abuse would stop, at least in the foster homes.

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