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Lawsuit Filed Against Department Of Human Services

There are 75 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Feb 13, 2008, titled Lawsuit Filed Against Department Of Human Services. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

Read the lawsuit by clicking the link inside this story. Lawsuit Filed Against Department Of Human Services Posted: Updated: The national child advocacy group, Children's Rights , has joined four Oklahoma law ...

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Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Feb 13, 2008
I was glad to see someone is looking in and doing an investigation/critique of the Department. However, as a DHS employee I would have to say many people are not aware of the "blown placements" that are attributed to the children or their own behaviors. There is unfortunate circumstances where children are placed in homes and their negative (even understandable in many cases) behaviors are too much for our foster parnets. Of course there is much to say about this but I normally do not post comments at all ....and it's before 5:00
ac king

Muskogee, OK

#2 Feb 13, 2008
Based on my own experience(s), it is evident to me that the potential for child abuse starts at the time of separation by the parents, and then it is often further encouraged at the divorce hearing by the assignment of custody to one parent or the other, and then later when the parent with custody decides they can interfere with visitation with total impunity, while knowing full well it's a lose-lose situation for the other parent (and the family) while being a win-win situation for the lawyers. To heck with the children's rights for a low stress relationship with the other parent. God can't help when the other parent "invites" DHS into the situation. My girlfriend understands she is a DHS disaster case from Seminole, ok. She was handcuffed and led out of school at the age of ten in front of all her friends as the bell rang. That was gross, and only the beginning of her doped up career under the care of DHS. Good luck Oklahoma. I recommend parents move to Illinois where visitation interference is at least considered a criminal act and the other parent has half a chance for the children's sake.

See Illinois's law against visitation interference, and

Ardmore, OK

#3 Feb 13, 2008
DHS SUCKS... I HOPE EVERYONE LOSES THEIR JOBS. Then bring in people whose concern is the children not paper shuffling. And someone who will research the complaints not just believe everything they are told.
Kids need to be safe and people need to be protected. Oklahoma DHS is awful and I feel sorry for anyone thrown into it.

Tulsa, OK

#4 Feb 13, 2008
I can't agree that all DHS employees are incompetent, but the system is broken. The good ones hands are tied.
Howard Hendricks should be replaced immediately. Where are our legislators?? Why hasn't DHS been better funded? How can we condone twice the case load of other states per case worker?

Mcalester, OK

#5 Feb 13, 2008
Thank goodness! Finally. You hear about these cases from people, and your heart breaks. If you become involved with this system, not only does your heart break but you become painfully aware of the lack of oversight and accountability within this agency. Please let this be the turning point for our children (and grandchildren).

United States

#6 Feb 13, 2008
Its about time!!!!


#7 Feb 13, 2008
DHS should be more considerate of grandparents rights there are many grandparents out there who are willing to take their grnadchildren as fast as they can and DHS refuses them it's all a power trip with DHS. they should put children with family members as soon possible so children can least feel some comfort ans security


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Martha J

Tucson, AZ

#9 Feb 13, 2008
When I started my employment with DHS in the 1970's child welfare supervisors had Master's Degee's in social work and many years training and experience. Many had families of their own and were mature and thoughtful with their descision for the most part. C.W. workers were pursuing higher degrees in stages and had experieces in other sections of the department. Nowadays supervisors and workers lack appropriate higher certification, ongoing formal training in child and family development/pyschology and the highest of pay, benefits and case numbers to make mature, thoughtful and accurate recommendations to the courts, families and foster parents. I knew community professionals who withdrew from working with DHS child welfare due to immaturity and unprofessionalism of c.w. staff. There are good people at DHS. They need leadership and the care of state government to provide them with the training and tools to perform a tough job with the excellence DHS has for a motto.
Abusing Power

Oklahoma City, OK

#10 Feb 14, 2008
I have personal experience with DHS and the disservice that they do to the parents and children. I was in an abusive relationship, my boyfriend went to jail and the next day they came to take my baby. After ten days she was placed with my family(it is supposed to be within 48 hours) where she remained for three months before I got her back. DHS had written a petition to take her out of my home for "failure to protect". She was never hurt or abused. After three months of myself taking parenting classes, going to counciling, jumping through hoops and many court dates I was able to get her back. Everyting that they had put in their petition had been disproved. They truly had none of the information correct in the petition. It took many months for my daughter to get readjusted to the home and years before she felt secure. Thanks DHS for not getting your facts straight and interfearing with our lives. They leave the abused children in their homes where there has been evidence of the child being abused but took my baby who was cared for and protected and turned her life upside down.

Tulsa, OK

#11 Feb 14, 2008
Rogers County DHS took children from a man who did not live in Rogers County based on false allagations and it took this man almost two years to get his children back. Also the director of SafeNet made threats about him and her personal computer was taken by Tulsa Cyber crimes unit. They are suppose to protect not attack you for fighting for your children. Take alook at . Children belong with their loved one's and not to strangers, in many case's poor familys loose their grandchildren because they are too poor to fight for their rights. Children and crying along with broken grand parents eveynight. This has got to STOP>
Concerned State Employee

Muskogee, OK

#12 Feb 14, 2008
I know that a couple of DHS intake workers in Muskogee County have been reported to have a prescription drug problem and have been recommended for treatment on this problem but nothing happened and they are still working under the influence of these drugs even though they have shown to be to impaired to do thier jobs. Are these the people we want making decisions for the children?
Clancy OHoulahan

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Feb 14, 2008
I have NOTHING good to say about Oklahoma DHS. I have filed a lawsuit myself for the crimes they have committed against my children. It is hard to beleive that an agency founded to protect children can do so much harm. May God have mercy on them.

Tulsa, OK

#14 Feb 14, 2008
If the foster homes are so terrible, why is our mayor trying to build a new baseball field?
ATT Brad Henry

United States

#16 Feb 14, 2008
Brad Henry - We can do better with your help! Being a fairly new employee of DHS I have seen the unfortunate wholes in the child welfare system and agree that something needs to be done to improve the quality of work we are expected to do. Workers are required to complete piles and piles of paper (typing) work, worker visits, work new cases and attend trainings, and more trainings, prepare and be in court each month. It is no surprise to me that the CW DHS system is not working. We are all overwhelmed!!!! The fact that the lawsuit is not about money should speak volumes! I hope this lawsuit improves the quality of work required of each employee and allows the employees the time they need to do it!
John Schoonover

United States

#17 Feb 14, 2008
I should have stated my website in previous comment: . Accessable via links Latest documents filed are following "The Ugly Embarrassing Truth" Howard Hendrick is on my mailing list for the documents.

Morristown, NJ

#18 Feb 14, 2008
What D.H.S is doing right now is going after the fathers of children to pay much more in child support, regardless of what the court decree stats and the prior arrangments you have with the mother. This is being done against the mothers will and is causing conflict between parents. This all came down at once, to every person i know who has a child in the system, on day care assistence.
Concerned Grandmother

Kingfisher, OK

#19 Feb 14, 2008
I live in Oklahoma and I was just awarded guardianship of my granddaughter. I had to hire an expensive attorney, and pay all the filing fees. Why did I HAVE to do this. Because my granddaughter's parents are drug addicts and jail birds. I didn't want DHS getting their hands on her, in fear that I would not be given guardianship, and she would be "farmed out" to a foster family that WAS in it for the money. Not all foster family are, but there are many who are. OK DHS is in desperate need of repair. It's been broken for over 25 years that I'm aware of.

Since: Feb 08

Kingfisher, OK

#20 Feb 14, 2008
Amy wrote:
I can't agree that all DHS employees are incompetent, but the system is broken. The good ones hands are tied.
Howard Hendricks should be replaced immediately. Where are our legislators?? Why hasn't DHS been better funded? How can we condone twice the case load of other states per case worker?
IMHO, there's no need to throw good money into a broken system. Fix what is broken and then add additional funding.
do something

Lexington, IL

#21 Feb 14, 2008
As a foster parent, I am appalled at the amount of trauma my foster daughter has to go through each month in dealing with DHS and her parental visits. It breaks my heart because there is nothing I can do to help her and it is all I can do to hold my tears in until I am around the corner where she cannot see me.
I sincerely hope something positive results from this lawsuit. Things need to change for the sake of the children who are suffering.

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