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May 10, 2013 in Colorado, corruption, DSS

This mother has written me asking for advice, I have given it.  What is so frustrating is that people still go along with the program, until they don’t know what else to do, then they contact us.

This family did everything wrong… Do you have any advice for them now?

A 9 year old and 3 year old in Colorado using ...

On November 6, 2012, DSS took all four of my children because my 8 year old went to school and told them I gave him a black eye. Officers took my children to foster care based on the allegations of my son.

DSS sends my kids home, 20 days later after we agreed to do a parenting plan. It has been 6 months and my husband and I have complied with everything they asked, psych evaluations, individual therapy, in home counseling and CASA…

(Throughout all this we find out that our son who is 8 has Asperger’s syndrome based on a psych evaluation that DSS had done proved that my son cannot tell difference between fantasy and reality and that he doesn’t know the difference between truth and lie.)

We went into court 2 weeks ago and the judge decided that the case will be closed June 24 2013, as soon as we got resources for our son’s disability.

Last Wednesday my 8 year old goes to school with deep scratches on his neck and says his dad hit him with a baby hanger. Our worker decided without investigating that all our children were in immediate danger and had to be removed from our home. Now our case worker says if we agree to another case plan they will let the kids come home.

Me and my husband now want to fight this so our children are not ripped out of our home again. We refuse to go through any more of this. Did I mention that in one medical record that that my 8 year old admits to lying about abuse to get what he wants. Even our own case worker admits that he has lied to him about abuse.

What if anything can you do to help us? We know we have to get our side of the story on record and that by signing the agreement we are pleading guilty to abuse. Help us please!

D.V. in Pueblo, Colorado

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Colorado DHS Hearings

July 25, 2010 in Colorado, corruption, DHS

Hello everyone,
I am not sure how anyone else felt about the meeting and we may be alone in our frustration, but I thought I would share my feelings and the feelings of my daughters, who were suppose to be the population that was the subject of this meeting…
We were so excited to share our story, sitting there for several hours listening to a few stories from parents that made my daughters and I cry because of the similarities to what we went through.  But the majority of our time spent was listening to nonprofits promote their services and county officials promote the department, that to be totally frank, are all a part of that same broken system.
We watched as parent after parent (including myself) were cut off by time constraints, yet many of the “Non-parents” testifying were given 15 minutes to elaborate through questions from the panel.  For example the commissioner who spoke, anyone who has ever reported their end-of-the-year budget numbers can attest to the fact that those numbers can and are manipulated to read what they want them to.  Why was that even a part of the discussion?
Why were they given more time to explain away the county/department’s failures? Why were nonprofits able to speak to promote their goals?
Although I think that this meeting was a step in the right direction, It was, for me, no different than the many times I have stood in court and in DHS meetings, and rushed through, never having the opportunity to say what needs to be said.
For me it felt like a waste of time.  For my daughters, it felt like, yet again there were people claiming to care about what they have been through just to turn it into a discussion about everything except them, the children effected by DHS. 
They wanted me to tell our story and then ask the panel for permission for them to speak for the children.  After I spoke and sat down next to them they told me that it would be a waste of time for them to share because the panel was not listening anyway. That is how they felt, the children who were suppose to be at the heart of the discussion.
It is unfortunate that they didn’t get to hear our story because it would have given them just one of the many examples of the long-term damage inflicted by this broken system.  It would have given them a chance to hear how children were saved from possibly becoming one of those children who lost their life because of the department’s failures.  My children were saved, not by the department, or the court, but by the children’s bravery to continue asking for help until someone finally listened to them.
It’s unfortunate that they didn’t take the time to listen.
Thank you Rosemary, for including us and trying to give us a chance to tell our story.

Barb Farrell
3436 Hampton Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado  80525
970-308-2591 Cell
970-204-1682 Home

CPS is the devil himself!

May 22, 2010 in Child Protective Services, Colorado, corruption

Denver, Colorado Division of Child Welfare (CPS) has been in our lives for two years now because of a pediatrician turning us in for homeschooling. Since then, our child, who has Autism and is non-verbal, has been court ordered to attend public school. He went to school all last year and we have jumped through all of their hoops for two long years now.

This year our boy has missed a lot of school due to illness, sleeping issues and lack of communication and cooperation from his school. The social worker who is totally unknowledgeable about Autism and all the behavioral, health, and sensory issues that go along with it, thinks we are just keeping him out of school on purpose even though we explained to her why he misses school. We even take him to the doctor when he’s sick and we get excuses. 

Now, just recently, he has been court ordered to go to school no matter what, unless he is excused by a doctor, or else be taken away from us, his loving parents. Well, the day he was to go back to school after that court hearing, he came down with the croup; we kept him home and took him to the doctor’s. We got an excuse also. He stayed out of school a few more days because he was very sick, and he has a very low immune system on top of it, which makes it harder to get over illnesses. 

When he finally went back to school after being sick, he was not completely well, we dropped him off with a professional therapist who is court ordered to help see him off to school from our home. 

When the Para professionals, teacher’s aides, brought him to the car after school, he got into the car and as we were driving off, we noticed a rip in his pants in the crotch area. We did not know how big the rip was until we got home and changed his underwear. The rip was a 6-inch gaping hole in the entire crotch area that was initially cut then torn by, we believe, someone at the school. There was no way our child did that himself and there was no playground equipment there, there is no explanation for it. 

When we saw that, we immediately called the classroom to ask the teacher what happened. NO answer after we left three messages asking her to return our call. So, I emailed the superintendent and told them about it. I said I wanted to know what happened to the pants. 

Again, no answer. I called my advocate to ask what we should do but could only leave her a message. She apparently got my message but instead of calling me back, she called social services. The next day social services called and wanted to get the police involved. We did not want to do that just yet but we had no choice at that point. 

Our child was examined by the crisis center’s doctor and everything was documented with pictures taken of some bruises on his thighs as well. He had to miss school that day too. We kept him home for two days after the incident because we were very worried about what happened and not having any explanation or answers made our anxiety levels go through the roof. 

Little did we know that our caseworker would come over to our home to blame us for the incident and accuse us of causing it ourselves just so we could keep our son out of school. She believed the school when they eventually said that we sent him to school that way. We have a witness that he did not arrive to school that way but she did not care what we had to say about it. 

Now her and the Guardian Ad Litem for our son is requesting removal of him and are asking for custody because she claims that we have made this whole thing up to avoid sending him to school, even though we have since sent him back even during this investigation that’s going on because of the pants incident. All the while, being worried sick and having lots of feedback from rational people/parents of special needs children telling us that we did the right thing to tell someone and we should be demanding answers and keeping him out until we get them. 

Our caseworker is claiming we are using this as just another issue with that school and an excuse to not send him. She is also saying that we are mentally unstable using this school incident as an excuse to keep him at home. 

We are not even keeping him home from school, because of their constant threats. We have even just added additional speech and OT therapies to his agenda outside of the school setting and he is going to summer school. She has been on case for two years now and we sent him to school all last year. He has always gotten services throughout his life since his diagnosis such as speech, OT, feeding clinic, Day Treatment at the Children’s Hospital for his sleep and feeding issues. None of anything we do or have done matters to this rotten evil caseworker and GAL.

This Guardian Ad Litem, who is totally new to our case, is stating she believes that we are incapable of getting him the services that he needs. She doesn’t even know who we are.  But we have been all these years. She is crazy. She is just making up things that make no sense whatsoever just to go along with the caseworker. 

This is a travesty. 

I want the whole world to know how evil CPS and social services is. They will stop at nothing and use ANY made up excuse possible to completely destroy children, their families and lives period. 

Not only that, but they get big fat bonuses (thousands of dollars) to take special needs children away. 

This is as outrageous as anything can ever get. 

Denise W.
Denver, CO

A Child’s Best Interest

December 28, 2007 in Colorado, foster care, parental rights, post parental termination

An open letter to Julie Shawley urging her to act in the best interest of a child she has been charged with protecting.

Grand Jury Investigation Request

To: Julie Shawley, LCDHS
2555 Midpoint Drive
Ft.Collins, CO 80525

Dec. 7th, 2007
Pearl Harbor Day

Hello Julie,

I understand that this is difficult for you to comprehend. I would imagine that most of the problem is communication. You don’t know me from Adam. I have never met you. All you know about me is hearsay from your sources. I am trying to help you to help Connor.

We are both bound by the same laws. Everyone has to act "in the best interest of Connor." I am NOT asking you to divulge information about Connor – and I know you can’t. What is needed is for the Department of Human Service to review the information that I have, and that the department, and the COURT does not posses.

There is no way I can explain this to you with a phone call. I don’t think I can even explain this in one simple letter. I don’t mean to belittle you. I do not know how knowledgeable you are about Connor’s situation, but you are his caseworker so I am offering this to you. I am going to guess that you not going to do anything about this, or you feel that you can’t.

I have in my possession roughly four years of child therapy notes from Connor’s sessions dating back to 2002. I also have some personal articles that Connor brought from his stay at the first foster care home he was in. I also have a videotape of Connor at the Child Advocacy center in Fort Collins.

If you will take some time to review the child’s information you will find that Connor was in the departments custody and in the care of Bob and Jan Elshoff. The court granted me Custody of Connor in July of 2004 – right?

In April of 2005, the department regained custody of Connor under the “suspicion” that he was sexually abused because of disclosure he made to his therapist-right? I was or am listed as the perpetrator – right?

The department terminated my parental rights in A civil lawsuit because I had sexually abused my own child. – Wrong!

Julie, I am not in jail. I am not a criminal. I have not abused Connor. Before you get disinterested in this letter. The documents I have from the Larimer center for mental heath clearly and distinctly show that Connor had made disclosures of sexual abuse in 2003 while he was in the care of Bob and Jan Elshof before the court granted me custody separately from the child’s mother.

It is not that the child’s relatives or even myself do not believe that Connor was sexually abused. We believe he has. It was not perpetrated by me.

It cannot be in the child’s best interest to receive mental heath treatments for abuse conducted by his biological father, when the abuse was not conducted by his biological father. It cannot be in Connor’s best interest to be instructed that his biological father has done this to him. It cannot be in the child’s best interest for him to be educated or parented by anyone who has been informed that he has been sexually abused by his biological father. It cannot be in his best interest that Connor believes that his biological father has abused him.

I have already contacted law enforcement about Connor disclosures about Jan and Bob Elshof, because that what’s I was instructed to do by the District attorney’s office first. I also attended a lecture by a family court Judge offline. Reading some of the content of Connor’s therapy notes is grossly disturbing. The court needs to review it. So here is the problem, as I understand it by an attorney that acts as child guardian ad litem. I do not have ready accessibility to the court in this matter because my parental rights were terminated, but you do as his caseworker, and because you have custody.

So, if I do not bring forth this information, and act in Connor’s best interest it is against the law. If you do not act in Connor’s best it is against the law. I do not have access to him but you do. I am going to make several copies of Connor’s information including electronic storage.

How do you propose that we both "act in the best interest of the child?"

Darin Barrett
2814 W. 13th Street,
Loveland, CO 80537

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