The Department of Human Services,
I have an ongoing civil rights complaint with Oregon DHS (Dept. of Human Services) After nearly a dozen letters I remain frustrated. here is the letter.
To: Oreogn DHS
Is it just me, or is just that everything you have told me about what to do or what is supposed to happen continues to change.
I feel like I am in some kind of Darwinian experiment where not only is everything constantly changing but evolving into more work for me.
I feel that I have been very patient with this whole process even to the point of volunteering my time to review supposed progress and provide support to an ongoing situation. All this despite the fact that it is your agency that violated my civil rights and continues to make it a long, winding and difficult path to obtain services to which I am eligible and entitled to receive.
It should be apparent, at this point, that anyone who reviews all that has transpired will see rampant inconsistent behavior, gross continued incompetence, and a most disastrous inability to deliver services in a timely and professional manner.
I do not understand the reason why I am consistently treated so poorly by your agency and its employees. The caviler, unprofessional and self-serving behavior that is directed towards me is unwarranted, and only causes further delay in the processing of my benefits and the delivery of services and benefits that I am, by law, entitled to.
This kind of experience continues to aggravate my health conditions, makes my healing process that much more complicated, difficult and prolonged. Not to mention costing the state and federal governments more money.
Every six months it is the same sad story of mistakes, confusion and excuses. This combined with meaningless apologies, an unwillingness to change and seemingly vast and bold management level practice of covering up of any wrongdoing on the part of managers of your department.
I have every right to be upset, angry and frustrated by the experience presented to me by employees and management of the Oregon Department of Human Services and its Self Sufficiency Centers.
It seems clear to me now that in the State of Oregon, that the poor, disadvantaged and disabled are really just an after thought. We continue to be treated with indifference and callous behavior from those who are supposed to be helping us. The continued “need” of the politicians to balance state and federal budgets by removing benefits from those who have no other means only proves that in our “modern” society people in my situation are viewed as a burden. After all, what possible contribution to society can a person with a disability make.
It would appear that standing up for my civil rights has only made my situation more difficult and continues to make the delivery of benefits a frustrating and protracted affair.
Maybe that is the intent of the State of Oregon Department of Human Services. Seems like a good plan. If we make it difficult to find, apply and obtain benefits then the state spends less money. Those who complain about it will have even more difficulties.
LAKE OSWEGO — Authorities released information today confirming that an 8-week-old girl died of natural causes Feb. 10 while in foster care at a home on Koawood Drive.
The child, Dana Lawrence, was placed in state custody after she was born to a drug-addicted mother at a Portland hospital.
Dr. Karen Gunson, state medical examiner, performed an autopsy that ruled out any foul play or accidents but was unable to determine a specific natural cause. She said it would go into the books as a “sudden unexplained infant death.”
On Feb. 10, at 3:06 p.m., a foster parent “went to wake the baby from a nap and found her not breathing,” according to a Lake Oswego police report.
Frankly, this sheep is sorry to have rocked the boat. I suppose I should just get back in line a take a number and wait my turn.
Oh, wait! That’s right I forgot. My wheelchair won’t fit through the door and there is no place for me to wait in line. If its all right with the State of Oregon I’ll just crawl down the stairs and lie here on the floor until my number is called. Sorry to have been a bother and an interruption. You can go back to kicking me now.
CPS – A System Out of Control
This blog is dedicated to every parent who has lost children to Child Protective Services. I hope to enlighten those who have the luxury of not knowing how corrupt they are and to empower those who are engaged in a war against them. CPS is not about protecting children, it is about money.
DHS with their lawyers, the state-contracted lawyer for each child and each parent(s), each DHS staff person at every level, each child psychologist (often more than one is on a case), each child therapist (more than one can be involved), and the judge overseeing the case—they are all in the corruption together. Kids continually get shuffled through the door with mounds of bureaucratic red tape, endless meetings that DHS arranges, and the kids and their families suffer.
It’s all about money and power when DHS pulls strings and they put kids in what often becomes dangerous situations (you name it–foster parents not thoroughly checked out, poor communications between DHS and their “handlers” and the parent(s), DHS staffers not on the same page as they “develop a case plan”, not giving parent(s) a chance to get their child(ren) back if they’ve successfully gone through parenting and/or substance abuse class, kids sent of the country when there’s family here, or left with an immature or government-dependent foster parent, and the list goes on and on.
Time goes by quickly as the kids languish in this inept system, all the “handlers” of the child above get their paychecks from the state, and the Oregon taxpayers are given an enormous bill as a result of the corruption over at DHS’s Children’s Services. DHS deliberately stretches out the court cases because of their adamant claim that they are “working the best interest of the child”. What THEY perceive to be in the best interest of our children and grandchildren. Do you know that a lot of caseworkers have never raised a child themselves?!
When the director, Richard Wexler, came from the National Center for Child Care Reform in Virginia to Oregon in 2005, he gave excellent input on how Oregon’s DHS could start cleaning house and start revamping the organization—eliminating waste, quickly moving on cases, reuniting children with their families, putting an emphasis on kinship care, etc. Well, DHS basically sent him home and did nothing—why? “The funds weren’t there to do the job”.
Baloney, DHS has millions of dollars to screw up children, disconnect them completely from their relatives, and they have blood on their hands for the many Oregonian foster children who have died while in the system or shortly after as in the case of little Adrianna.
The whole system needs to be dismantled. How many innocent children are going to die because of DHS’s mishandling of cases and making kids even more vulnerable because of their “government knows best” thinking. DHS is simply a mirror of government gone bad as we’re seeing in Washington DC. It’s all about money and power. I hope and pray that BO’s stimulus money isn’t thrown towards Oregon’s DHS.
Just ask a former DHS worker why they quit their job. They will talk since they have witnessed so much corruption, and finally had enough. Rich Rigney, if he’s still a DHS caseworker, had his story in this newspaper last November. Check out fightcps.com—stories of real families from all over the nation who DHS tore apart. DHS needs to be brought down. The solution? Families, kinship care, churches, principled adoption agencies, orphanages in a family setting—anything but DHS . Remember, the “Government is not your Daddy”—government corrupts and the children suffer.
DHS, DCS, CPS; Oregon, LA, Children Protective Service Abuse of Authority
DHS/ DCS/ CPS/DCFS Abuse of Authority Problems In particular Oregon DHS
While I am sure there are good and well meaning persons employed at these government agencies, there are no boundaries for the abuse of authority the exists in these agencies. Many of these social workers have no respect for the constitution of the USA and will make themselves the judge, jury and executioner while ignoring due process.
These government organizations under the UNCONSTITUTIONAL assumption of guilty until proven innocent!! I know from both my and many others experience as well as two persons I know that have worked for DPS/DHS that confirmed this is the assumption they operate under.
Simply put these are EVIL government agencies that are TOTALLY out of control.
Frankly if I had any political power, these evil agencies would be totally shut down nation wide!!
I have been given this rather poor example to support their actions: “they need to act quickly to prevent potential harm to the children in question”.
Unfortunately while this may help some children, how many are also harmed due to false or inaccurate accusations? More importantly, if I were to take the same actions against the real cause of harm to my family (more on this later), and take action without going through proper legal channels, I would end up in jail, so why are these social workers allowed to break the law while an ordinary citizen would be accused of vigilantism?
In my family’s most recent problems with Oregon DHS was a VERY sad example of persons that had no business being employed as a worker as all the facts that were easily found (many as public record) were grossly overlooked.
As a side note the Grants Pass Police also have mishandled the issues that have led up to this problem and the arrogance of the desk sergeant I spoke with as to the department’s behavior was both immoral and extremely lacking in any compassionate.
This most recent problem started with my oldest daughter who has or has dad issues such as Neurosensory Dysfunction, common puberty issues, and most importantly; mental harm that resulted from a person that harmed her after taking advantage of my wife during a mental breakdown due to severe depression and more several years back while still in California. This last issue still is buried in ways where she will remembr then totally forget and deny what she earlier have told us. We believe this is the result of this person threatening to kill her if she said anything!!
Her therapist here in Grants Pass that has been working with her since her emergency arrival here (we flew her ahead of the family to protect her), is aware of this (he has been an awesome person I might add that has achieved Michelle’s full trust allowing for him learn much from her), the Grants Pass PDis aware of the veiled threats sent to us and the fact she still has severe nightmares of harm from him, unfortunately they have done little to help, unlike the LA Sheriff which kindly kept in contact with my family before we moved. I also noted this to her school counselor early in the school year.
Sadly however when she had one of her common meltdowns, where she made suicidal statements (although those who know her well, know that although she can be deeply depressed, she is not suicidal), her school counselor brought DHS into the problem, totally bypassing me, even her therapist and others that know the truth (such as those from our church who we spend many camping trips with and know our family well, or my sister who acted as her mother when my daughter was first moved to Oregon); since my daughter has been made to believe many lies, in part from threats of harm (that are documented) from the man in Los Angeles CA., she quickly made statements about me that mirror 100% documented emails and other statements made by this person.
DHS in their apparently man/father hating attitude “ran with this”, not conducting any real investigation such as even consulting with her long term therapist. They convinced my other children and worse even my wife (who struggles with being easily suggestible, as her often controlling sister has many issues that also made the situation worse) that I had issues of anger which are far from the truth (I do struggle with bitterness issues, but I am much better in this in part due loving help of others including church counselors).
The other issue I was falsely accused of was being controlling. HOWEVERgoing all the way back to high school and even currently in an Aquarium forum I host, I have been correctly told that I am easily walked over and I am totally the opposite of controlling; so this accusation was so preposterous it is downright evil and scary. In fact most persons from neighbors to co-workers have accused me of being “lacking any control over my family or others in my sphere of influence”, and most persons including counselors have stated that it is my wife when she is suffering from depression that is very subtly controlling!
Simply asking those who have known me over my life would have told any competent social worker the truth as to this, but then truth is a foreign concept to there persons.
Another scary/evil aspect of this was that my life insurance policy was inquired as to benefits, with the obvious thinking this action might cause me to take my life, and when couple this with the fact that many of these false charges were hand written and NOT in my wife’s hand writing, this smacks of an evil that is beyond comprehension.
This resulted in my family being removed literally in a matter of hours while I was away on a business trip. This caused much trauma to my two younger children, especially my autistic son who amazingly saw through the lies. DHS also convinced my wife to place a restraining order on me based on so many lies I will not even add them here.
On a positive note, I had an outpouring of support as to this horrible and dishonest restraining order by many at our church who knew these charges to be outright blatant lies, since many camp with us and know that I have ALWAYS been the family’s primary giver. As well since I work out of the home (to take of my special needs kids), the two persons that have spend much time there also knew that the total opposite of these charges was the truth. Since I am the primary care giver, the kids could not get to their karate classes, were latch key kids, were not fed the home cooked balanced meals I provided, and more.
Thankfully during a hearing, the judge immediately questioned the truthfulness of these charges, and with a court full of person that knew the truth the restraining order was thrown out after he asked my wife if she really wanted to go forward with this more and she quickly saw that this was going nowhere. Unfortunately it took the Grants Pass PD a few months to respond to this (but then again they could have helped with this problem, but chose not to and the desk sergeant even laughed at me in a later phone call). As well, with the help of many truly caring persons, that knew and sought the truth, my wife and I are now back together.
Here is a quote from a friend (John L) as to the problems with Oregon DHS and GPPD: unfortunately those w/ authority do not seem to act under the principles of what God intended for the betterment of mankind – keep faith my friend – good will prevail over evil eventually – at least that’s what I keep telling myself (12/02/09)
Sadly though, the case worker, finally contacted me to get “my side” (weeks later??) and even when presented with evidence that was overwhelming (including eyewitness testimonials, hate emails from the person that is the real cause, and MUCH more), she still made this horrible statement:
“I believe your daughter should still not be with you”.
I later spoke with an attorney and others who know this DHS worker and this Attorney basically stated that she does what she wants to; regardless of the facts (essentially Jesus Christ could tell her she was wrong and she still would argue she is correct).
What is scary to me as to Human Services/Children’s Services/ Children’s Protective Services; is this is a similar response a case worker gave me after this person that is the cause of the initial problems back in Los Angeles after this man would call DHS/DCS to make false charges against me so as to deflect his own crimes against my family.
In the last incident back in LA, I had already flown my daughter to Oregon to protect her, yet the case worker responding to the “anonymous” charges that I was abusive the day before told me after I attempted to give her evidence to the contrary (such as the fact that my daughter has not even been in LA for a few weeks at this time) told me this: “It is not my job to investigate your evidence, rather to protect your children from you”. I could go on about what a psychopath this person who harmed my daughter and family is (causing great financial harm as well and me to abandon my business in LA of 25 years as my family was what is most important to me), but would rather not open up this can of worms.
Hopefully someday some Politicians with the moral fortitude will do something to rein in the power bestowed upon these government agencies, as although they may help some families, they have often harmed families as well (I still am picking up the pieces from the harm DHS/DCS has bestowed upon my family). What is also sad is they were there with armies of persons to tear my family apart, but were nowhere to be found to put my family back together. Thankfully through the Love of Jesus shown through my sister Jan, my Brother in Law Cary and MANY at Bethany Presbyterian (that filled the court room), fellow co-workers, my previous partner from my old business (these persons worked out of the home and see how my family really is cared for) we are putting things back together once more.
I still worry, as my daughter still has much to deal with, as well my younger daughter is learning delayed and my son is autistic, so this places much stress on our family. This means we need loving and HONEST support, as well thecorrupt Grants Pass PD has not shown it can truly care about the care for its citizens; they are too busy writing traffic citations for non existent violations, banging back doors to homes (about fireworks?), correcting citizens how to address a sergeant over an officer, & training their officers to lie IMO.
What was also interesting (& scary) is my autistic son saw through the lies told to him and my middle daughter by this monster that worked for Oregon CPS; “I know this is not true Dad”. Sadly he does not deal well with this type of stress and it showed and I was worried about him during this time.
I can say on a positive note that God did use this horrible evil for good (as He often does), such as bringing my family closer together in many ways and help me and my wife realize what is most important in life. As well this even helped me realize who our fiends were and who my were not my friends as others that I did much for in the past were quiet during this time when they could have shown Christian Integrity. Thankfully far more persons fit into the prior than the later.
While I have seen abuse of authority in many aspects of government, nothing I have witnessed has come even close to the total ignoring of the facts and the downright destructive evil that was exhibited by the Oregon DHS (although Los Angeles County has similar issues).
Here are a summary of facts that the Oregon DHS brazenly ignored:
- My daughters mental health history that is well documented with her therapist and others
- My wife also has a documented history of mental health issues in part due to severe postpartum depression (not that this makes her a bad person) and this includes her easy manipulation by others when a given situation is difficult. This also includes multiple affair issues during her mental breakdowns with a person that clearly Psychopath (btw, this is not my opinion either, but others more qualified than I), and mental hospitalization from post partum depression (by her own family I might add) as she was considered a threat to her child (at the time, not now)
- The ignoring of well documented communications from an established Psychopath that took advantage of our family and continues to make either veiled threats or win my wife back.
- The failure to ask those that are closely involved with our family such as members of the Holy Rovers Camping Group that has “lived” with our family and has witnessed us warts and all and was willing to testify as to the real truth (also employees that came to my house to work since I have worked out of my home off & on for more than a decade)
- The dozen of documents including receipts of strange spending sprees that show exactly the opposite of what the Oregon DHS alleged
- The clear manipulation by the Oregon DHS of my children that was obvious to other that later spoke to my kids (this is/was downright evil IMO)
Hopefully one of Oregon’s more moral state representatives will work to either totally re-organize the Oregon DHS or simply dump this blatantly evil (IMO) state agency (the same goes for LA County and many other similar agencies).
Here are other complaints about DHS/DCS/CPS:
* “My 2 grand children were taken from my son on false allegations and phone calls. C.P.S. just came and took them without a investigation. Soon to find out it was all lies and no probable cause. Because C.P.S. Failed to follow their own procedures and policy by not investigating, my 2 grandchildren are still in foster care.”
* “CPS social services should go more into depth with their cases, rather than pulling a child out of their home, and ripping their life apart, taking them away from their home, family, and siblings, just like they did mine. This needs to be taken seriously, my siblings and i were some of the lucky ones who resorted to family and friends rather than foster families who could have become abusive. My mother didn’t neglect us, or abuse us, CPS did. They have abused our whole life in just one day. God bless the children who died because CPS took them away from their families without the proper research, just their selfish thoughts of making money.”
*In a recent incident (noted from a close friend 3-9-12), the DHS was brought into a home to investigate simply based on a young girl’s complaint about the food in her lunch prepared by her parents.
The facts from those her know this family is that she is a very “fussy” eater, but more importantly her parents are good care givers and the Oregon DHS had no business with their Gestapo methods going into their home, making false accusations and potentially removing this young girl.
But sadly this is how they often operate.