Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where to report complaints about DCFS



According to the Child Welfare Ombudsman Annual Report: 

In January 1996, the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services created the Utah Office of Child Protection Ombudsman, independent from Child and Family Services, where the public could report concerns about cases under Child and Family Services' jurisdiction.  In 1998, the Utah Legislature codified the role and authority of the Ombudsman's Office by enacting Section 62A-4a-209 of Utah Code, which states:
"...the ombudsman shall, upon receipt of a complain from any person, investigate whether an act or omission of the division with respect to a particular child: (i) is contrary to statute, rule, or policy; (ii) places a child's health or safety at risk; (iii) is made without an adequate statement of reason; or (iv) is based on irrelevant, immaterial, or erroneous grounds..."
The purpose of the Ombudsman's Office is to receive and investigate complaints, provide a voice to the consumer/complainant, promote a way whereby concerns or disputes are addressed at the lowest level possible, and ensure that Child and Family Services is providing adequate services to their clients.  Currently, the Ombudsman's Office is the only independent office in State government where complainants can express their concerns about child welfare cases.  For this reason the Ombudsman's Office is a unique resource to Utah's citizens.

The website for the Ombudsman is: http://ocpo.utah.gov/

14 comments:

  1. Dcfs is so quick to take parents rights away its ridiculous... Unless you or your family are rich you can forget about getting your kids back... I lost my kids because the programs they set me up with did not try to help instead they lied to me and set me up to fail... I have always been a great mom its just a mad s of my boyfriend called the state on me and my mom opened the door... They only gave me 9 mnths to change my problem..i have been changing it on my own and í am almost finished doing what i need to fix the problem but because i couldnt do it in the timé they asked they took away my rights i can no longer see my babies and its bull shit... My kids i know are not going to .do ok they love me and they wanted to come home... I think thestateshould not be able to terminate rights so quickly because what about ya parents that do try and end up fixing the problem after the state terminates the rights even though we are ok now we can never see our kids again because of some stupid time limit its not right or ok

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    1. Do you know who can help me file law suit against utah and dcfs for wfong doing and civil rights and discrimination

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  2. Can anyone help me to file law suit against utah dcfs...

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  3. I cant seem to understand how DCFS can place these children with some of these nut-job foster parents!!!! My sister got her kids adopted by these crazy people that are not mentally stable!!! She harrasses my sister frequently...and shes the one that has the kids!!! WEIRD...

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  4. Dcfs is always on my tail. I have a special needs child (12) and a normal child (6) and whenever my older child goes to school with a bruise his school reports it. Dcfs comes over to our house and there is this worker we always have and she doesnt try to figure out what happened and she doesnt listen to what you say and just believes her own accusations and denys what said happened. I have had 2 other workers come over in the past and they were decent people and actually listened to what we had to say and closed those cases. This time its bad and this woman wont let up on me and is very adamant that i admit to something i didnt do. My younger child is a rough kid and gets a little rough with his brother and will leave marks on him and because of that we are in trouble and this dcfs worker doesnt believe that it was his little brother. Not sure to do because she is threatening to make me take a lie detector test and saying that if i dont confess she cannot help me and will send the files into court to have my older child removed from the home. I know i need to do something to fight this, but what? This woman is inhuman and only wants to hear what she wants. She is also using a past case againts me also.

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    1. Take the prick of a Dcfs worker to civil court trust me pay the money 60 bucks it is worth it no lawyers at all just you and the person your battling against turtiously Interfearance is a very serious charge to file against her and file it now because once you file the civil law suite that worker will get asked to be put on administration leave immediately she will be a conflicting of interest but still she will be out if the way and if any of those other ones do it do the same to them listen these women are dirt bags and there doing stuff that is illegal and think your stupid and won't do nothing so change that smurk of there face in to a frown and make them pay for there actions

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  5. I'm a foster youth in the system 17, 3 months away from turning 18 . I had left my past adopted moms house beacause she used to abuse me. Sense I re entered the system she has constantly harassed me. She sleeps with police officers and claimed to my social workers to have ran my plates on my car. Then my old adopted mother showed up at my boyfriends house and work constantly harassed him and eventually got him fired. She aslo sent a 51/50 ex con to my boyfriends house and had him claim to my boyfriend he had sex with me to try to get my boyfriend to turn on me when my boyfriend just laughed at him the man , Michael pulled a knife on us. I had never met him before but I had ended up finding him via my old adopted moms social media and I contacted his child's mother. She went on to tell he he has two strikes and has kidnapping of a minor and domestic abuse charges under his belt and he is clinically 51/50.Then she went and assulted the property manager to try to get a copy of the lease of my boyfriends apartment. My social workers refuse to do a dam thing I have solid bullet proof evidence of the events that went on but they threaten me if I collect the evidence on my own then they will move me out of my aunts house and I'm on a strict independent studies school plan to gtraduate by November (a year early mind you) so I can't have that. My social workers won't do shit. They are covering their asses so my old adopted mom won't file a lawsuit against them. Instead they blame me saying I shouldn't be picking up and dropping of my boyfriend. Let it be know my social workers had been fully aware I would pick him up and drop him off for a while and there was no issue with it but all of a sudden their claiming they never knew. I asked them for signed statements of everything they had told me because I've already caught them in multiple cover up lies. I have recordings of all the things their claiming they never said I just want them down on paper contradicting themselves. I'm now in the process of getting my case together to file a lawsuit and they are trying to move me so I can't speak to my private attorney. Isn't it my right to got to school where it most beneficial to me and to have a job my work and school are to far apart they won't find anyone to take me and they have Sense revoked my ability to drive my own dam car Sense my boyfriend was a co signer , at least that was their excuse. It's fine it will look better for my lawsuit and if someday jenelle or Annette happen to see this I would just like you to know I'm the reason you loose your job and I'm going to take what is rightfully mine so think of that when you have no money to pay your car note.
    Sincerely,
    Gillian cedeno

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  6. I feel that DCFS is been in the wrong with many different parents including my husband and I. Really I think that we need to stand together and some how some way fight for us parents that are actually not abusing or neglecting our children even though DCFS has said we have and removed our children from us. Do they not see what the damages it does to the children as well let alone a mother like myself that just barley has a baby and they remove that baby from them causing more post pardon depression than they have already? We need to file a lawsuit against DCFS. So if anyone knows how about doing so for the parents to actually have a voice, please let us know I beg you they don't need to put anymore parents and children through this anymore.

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    1. maybe we need to start a group or support group and just fight ourselves> I completely agree.

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  7. I AGREE ,DCFS NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!!As well as the attorney general's office and family court judges .my sons mother got him taken i have had him since he was 5 weeks old hes currently 16 months dcfs and their bullshit parenting plan used a hair test that was dirty for amphetamine wich they knew it woukd be for my prescription to adderrall to say i couldnt have my son i violated their court order and kept my son because i am all he knows and hes my best buddy in the world they showed up to my home demanded entry with the police and forcefully removed my son from my home and pkaced him in foster care but left my two older children taking only his Elmo and pillow I had to watch my son kick and scream yelling for daddy while was restrained by police .even after dcfs left police stayed and apologized saying dcfs was in the wrong and had they known the details and truth they would never of responded can anyone tell me how that is in the child's best interest and now they without judges order cancelled my visitation and will not tell me where or how my little guy is I'm a single dad and don't have the money to fight theses people they say my anger towards them is due to underlying mental disorders .no it's because your Sterling my child you moronic asshole.I have no respect for any of them including judge Jimenez in charge of my case Natasha deleted the case worker or Sandi Clements the attorney general not to mention the pretend lawyer that's on their side that was appointed to my case they are Sterling children violating constitutional rights and getting away with it.I truly hope one day they to will get to know the pain of loosing one or all of their babies

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  8. My judge is jimenez and sandy clements is on my case load.....i initially got dcfs involvement in august 2016 when i went into labor and peed dirty. But my newborn was clean and his cord blood tested clean....i attended cornerstone therapy since 2013. Then january 2017 me and my 3 kids went to residential treatment at odyssey house and i was pregnant. I stayed there for 6 months and decided i was finished. 4 days later i had my baby...i continued to stay clean...but dcfs still insisted i needed to be in treatment. I followed there request and got into valley iop with my children. Since i left odyssey house i have tested with tasc and have been clean. On augudt 13 i tested dirty for drugs. After that ive tested clean. Since dcfs has been involved since august 2016 i have never peed dirty, til this 1 time. I continued iop with my kids at valley. But dcfs put in a petition to remove my kids. It took them 2 weeks and a court date to remove them. If dcfs really felt my children werent safe with me, wouldnt they have done an emergency removal instead of wait 2 weeks to take them from me????....and now that they took them, my kids are seperated. My 2 older ones are with my sons dad, and my 2 babies have bounced around from family and foster homes. Dcfs has torn my family apart.....i have become emotionally and mentally unstable due to dcfs removing my babies from me. And are still continuously pushing treatment my way. I have no motivation to do anything. Im depressed and post partem plays a part along with dcfs taking my kids.my 2 older ones struggle with the fact they have to be at their dads and not with me, and how they arent with their 2 other siblings. I feel dcfs wrongly removed my children. And they are continually breaking me down...and allow me 1 visit a week with all 4 of my babies....and cannot even guarentee reunification...wtf do i do???

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  9. I had a DCFS caseworker here in Logan, UT falsify a document to find me guilty of child physical neglect. I requested an administrative hearing to get this fixed and hope to go through that red tape soon. She was very incompetent in her investigation and because of her false finding, she cost me a good job. They don't count on parents fighting back so hang in there everyone and fight those corrupt caseworkers with all you have. I also filed a complaint against her with the Attorney General's Office. We will see where that goes. I am not a quitter and that caseworker will not soon forget the fight I'm going to give her!

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  10. how can they not see that making children into orphans is helping them. how can they think that it is making america a better place.. this is absurd and evil.. where have they lost the fact that this is not the way it has ever worked if parents are in the wrong then punish them not there kids put them in jail make them do community service make them get treatment do not make the innocent children suffer because of the parents wrongs. taking the kids away from the loving protection of there parents and putting them into foster care for what ever reason they might have because of something the parents did or did not do is morbide and morally wrong we was not raised this way and i can promise that most all of our parents have been high or drunk or done something bad as a parent but most of us made it just fine and if dcfs would have been around in them day where would we all be now it has got to be seen we all know right from wrong and as kids most all of us learned it from our parents even if they was just learning it them selves for the first time.. and not allowing us as parents to be able to teach our children because they are gone when they have done nothing wrong and yet they are the ones being punished and don't even understand what they did to deserve it because the stupid ass state has there heads so far up there own asses they are thinking that they are helping the children by doing what they have done when if that was the case then we would not have kids still dieing almost daily because they are not there when they need to be and they are to busy being places they shouldn't be and punishing the kids when they should be putting the parent in jail and letting them do there tme and then when they have done there jail time letting them get back to there lives and teaching there kids that is what happens when you do the wrong thing you are punished not the kid wondering what they did wrong or wondering why there parents don't want them or why they are gone out of there lives like they are forced too i mean fucking really

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  11. IF any attorney out there can help us all with this please contact me my num is 4354963355 something has to be done about these people i want them to pay for this in federal courtthere has to be at least one attorney out there that is concerned about the children of this state and not just their allready overflowing bank balance getting larger we have had our children stolen from us because we cant afford to pay high dollar attorneys please help

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