Missouri Department of Social Services

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katwomansrevenge

La Grange, MO

#1 May 1, 2006
The D.S.S. will help illegals , but don,t want to help people who need medical care and food that are legal Americans . They are rude to you when you apply and make you feel like you are less than human. Macon , Mo. is the worst . You get sick and you have to wait or die . When you go to Macon hospital emergency room , they rob you , even if you can,t pay , they will turn you over to collection agency . When the state of Missouri cuts people off medicaid who have had stokes and need meds to live and can,t work there is a problem with the system .
Ex-Resident of Macon

Kansas City, MO

#2 Jul 26, 2006
I am going to assume that this post was in result to an unfortunate experience that you may have had. I personally can say that DSS assists ALL that qualify under current legistlation and criteria as they have NO choice. DSS does not intentionally cut you off or end your Medicaid if you quailfy unless you are been uncooperative.
Pro Bono

Macon, MO

#3 May 23, 2007
katwomansrevenge is right about one thing.

There is a personnel problem at D.S.S. in Macon. I live in Macon and can say from personal experience as a disabled person that one staff member patronizes her clients on a regular basis. She once screamed some of my personal information across the office because she thought it was amusing. I was not amused. That information was confidential.

And don't mistake my meaning. I know this was a violation of procedure.

I am not the only person I know to have been patronized by this employee.

I hope you are doing well in KC and never need to come back here because of misfortune. This could be YOUR caseworker.
True

Edina, MO

#4 May 27, 2007
I have had problems with a Macon County
D.S.S worker myself. She has been very rude and trys to make you fell like you a a low life. I have turned her in several times and she is still there. Once she even took one of my children off of MC+ left the other 2 on and did not even tell me. How I found out the pharmacy told me. Now how is that correct. TO me it is aginst the law to remowe one and leave 2 other kids on. And she did not even get in trouble and I was a a big medical bill out of my pocket, and a pharmacy bill and they would not D.S.S would not give me my money back. I wonder if we are talking about the same case worker? She is a older lady.
in macon

Macon, MO

#5 May 29, 2007
Ex-Resident of Macon wrote:
I am going to assume that this post was in result to an unfortunate experience that you may have had. I personally can say that DSS assists ALL that qualify under current legistlation and criteria as they have NO choice. DSS does not intentionally cut you off or end your Medicaid if you quailfy unless you are been uncooperative.
thats a bunch of bull my son was dropped and im a single mom and dont have the money and my son has epilepsy which medicine costs 500 dallors a month and whan i asked how i was gonna pay for that and said he could die they shrugged their shoulders at me and i was so mad.
Experience with the area

Macon, MO

#7 Dec 9, 2007
I also have had problems with the D.S.S. in Macon. I don't know what is wrong with some of the caseworkers in that office BUT it needs to change. These people work with a vulnerable population. They need to advocate for them and do THEIR JOB! I felt harassed by one of the workers as I was always recieving Fraud papers in the mail about every other week....Maybe they do this to everyone BUT I don't think so. I hope that I never need assitance through this office again.
St Louis MO

Altavista, VA

#9 Apr 25, 2008
My wife and I have been dealing with D.S.S. September. My 16 year old daughter went to the highschool counselor to complain about not having a drivers license or a cellular phone. The teachers and counselors today are trained to call D.S.S. over every little complaint just to be safe. They don't realize that social workers are trained to believe that for every complaint, there is something 1000 times worse going on. So, a social worker shows up and writes a completely false report on us. My daughter swears that she never made claims of sexual abuse, but the social worker is claiming such abuse. Eventhough there is no evidence, no arrest, and none of my three children have been taken away, they want to put me on a list. At the D.S.S. appeal, they wouldn't accept my wife's or daughter's testimonies that they did not make such claims, but the social worker says that they are liars. The appeal panel accepted the social worker's word over everyone else. A police officer that accompanied the social worker is even a witness on our side that the social worker (Kelli Hodge) has falsified the report. Still the battle goes on and they want to put me on a list based on lies. We did a background check on Kelli Hodge and found that she has used more than one social security number and has a medical history of migrains and head injuries. I'm prepared to go to the press and reveal the criminal history of Kelli Hodge and the injustice that has unraveled. Kelli should have never been given a job where she can do so much harm. Furthermore, Kelli doesn't have any qualifications. Our background check revealed that she was unemployed no more than 8 months prior to our case. Her grammar skills make it questionable whether she even has a highschool education.
Saint Louis Missouri

United States

#10 Dec 30, 2008
You might want to check your own grammar skills and spelling on your post. Of course you think that this would be all lies as no one wants to admit they are perverted. Do you really think a child that still lives with you would admit they said those things?
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Jan 5, 2009
Saint Louis Missouri wrote:
You might want to check your own grammar skills and spelling on your post. Of course you think that this would be all lies as no one wants to admit they are perverted. Do you really think a child that still lives with you would admit they said those things?
My fingers tend to get a little ahead of myself. But there is a difference between writing blogs and emails compared to official documents. A little more attention should be given the grammar used in official reports. I can write properly, but I usually throw these responses together in a few minutes. True communication works from both sides. An effort to understand the meaning of what is said must equal the effort to send the message. Anything short of that is just abuse. Should a handicapped person be held to their exact wording, or should their handicap be taken into consideration? Even the best of speakers can have their words misconstrued. Such understanding is essential to conducting any investigation. But, Kelli Hodge wasn't interested in truth or understanding. She wrote her own story, and I didn't even need to be present.
My daughter doesn't live with us anymore and she still claims that she never made such accusations. The social worker's report is written so horribly I can't really say what it is trying to communicate. The overall tone is negative and seems to make an accusation of abuse, but it never comes right out and pinpoints a specific act of abuse. Furthermore, the report makes right out false claims, even about what I said. We've had trouble with our teenager, and I won't put it past her to lie, because she has done a lot worse things, which is why I won't let her live with us anymore, until she agrees to attend counseling. But, despite whatever issues we have with my teenager, Kelli Hodge has proven herself to also be a liar. Our background check provided documents that we can use to prove that she is an identity theft criminal, which to me provides some motive behind her false report. Rumor is that social workers get a bonus for every child removed from the home. I've also spoken to some ex-social workers who claim that there is a lot of corruption in the department and some social workers get a high off of the power trip of threatening families. Kelli Hodge wasn't even smart enough to choose lies that were hard to prove. She claims that I was arrested, but I never was arrested. Clearly, she has issues and I plan to pursue her in court until all of the truth about what she has done to our family and her criminal past is revealed.
St Louis MO

Altavista, VA

#12 Jan 5, 2009
What is really sickening is that Kelli Hodge was asked to look into an actual case of abuse, but decided not too. She had acknowledged that my in-laws were guilty of kidnapping our children. We blamed the situation on my mother-in-laws medication, but the in-laws had always been angry for us getting the police involved. After this much time, we have enough evidence to suspect that my in-laws may have had something to due with motivating our daughter to get back at us, especially since at that time, we were complaining about the treatment my wife's grandmother was getting from my mother in-law. Apparently, the first one to the phone gets to tell their story. We suspect that the in-laws were just trying to fire the first shot. Perhaps we speak a little to openly around our children. I will probably never know the truth about who to completely blame for the whole mess or the motives. Communication between us and the in-laws is non-existent, but this has actually been a positive thing, because we don't have to deal with their manipulative control. They saw this whole mess as an opportunity to be in complete charge of us, until I revealed that I had physical evidence to support my wife's claims that she was abused as a child. Bottom-line, I'm still blessed with a wonderful family and I still love my daughter, no matter what she has done. My wife is now free from her parent's control over her. We hope that someday, they will try to change and deal with the issues of abuse and their need to be in complete control of us. I could tell you some stories that would make your hair stand up. If for no other reason, God allowed this mess to happen, so that we could gain freedom from my wife's parents.
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Nov 5, 2009
For those interested, I'm posting an update, because it has been years since my family's tramatic experience with DFS. As I've mentioned above, we cooperated fully with the DFS investigation and jumped through every hoop that they gave us. They still can't find anything against us, so now the authorities are refusing to cooperate. Last August, I finally got a court date, but the police officer who was under subpoenia didn't show. The court hearing is also a against everything that the U.S. should stand for. Because we were never given any information about what was going to be written against us or given an opportunity to address any accusations, this court hearing is actually a part of my defense, because it is my first opportunity to address any statements or accusations against me. However, the legal system has set it up so that I and viewed as the prosecutor, which means that the burden of proof is upon me. In other words, they've found a way to attack me without any evidence and without following any of the normal due processes of the law, and then make it very difficult for me to defend myself, because to due so, I have to prove that the fabricated claims against me or false. Words are cheap, which is why the normal legal system had the wisdom to require evidence before labeling someone as guilty. They have also been subtle in there way of trying to intimiate me not to continue seeking justice in court. They have suggested that even after two years, they may reopen my case and make more claims against me. They know that they screwed up and rather than make things right, they are willing to punish an innocent family. If there had been a true concern about me or my wife, they would have taken some action before two years had passed and before my legal action against them. Now, I'm having a hard time getting a new court date, and it wouldn't surprise me if one of the witnesses refuses to attend again. To prepare further for my case, I wanted to submit evidence against my in-laws to prove that they may have plotted to get me out of the way. At the time that all of this started, my wife and I had been discussing our disapproval of their treatment toward my wife's grandmother. My wife had also told me several stories about abuse in the home toward her. I asked for a detective with the Jefferson County Sheriff's department to investigate them. My wife had revealed to me naked pictures of her father, and I suspected that these meant a lot more. The Sheriff's department is on the other extreme from DFS. Instead of meeting with me to go through our story and evidence, he threatened to arrest me if I contacted him again for help. Despite a police report on the kidnapping and my wife's claims of abuse, with evidence, the police refused to investigate. Talk about frustration. But, if I've learned anything from this, you can't put your hopes and faith in other people or even in a government system. God is the only one who won't let you down. Regardless of what anyone says about me, they can't make me something that I'm not. God has chosen to bless me, and as the bible says, who can dare to stand against God. It's been a bumpy road, and I've nearly lost it a few times, but now I'm happier and more blessed than ever before, even with this outstanding court date, which never seems to get scheduled.
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#14 Nov 5, 2009
Sorry for the typos. The field is small and my eyes are bad, and I type too fast.
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Nov 5, 2009
For those interested, I'm posting an update, because it has been years since my family's traumatic experience with DFS. As I've mentioned above, we cooperated fully with the DFS investigation and jumped through every hoop that they gave us. They still can't find anything against us, so now the authorities are refusing to cooperate. Last August, I finally got a court date, but the police officer who was under subpoena didn't show. The court hearing is also against everything that the U.S. should stand for. Since we were never given any information about what was going to be written against us or given an opportunity to address any accusations, this court hearing is actually a part of my defense, because it is my first opportunity to address any statements or accusations against me. However, the legal system has set it up so that I am viewed as the prosecutor, which means that the burden of proof is upon me. In other words, they've found a way to attack me without any evidence and without following any of the normal due processes of the law, and then make it very difficult for me to defend myself, because to do so, I have to prove that the fabricated claims against me are false. Words are cheap, which is why the normal legal system had the wisdom to require evidence before labeling someone as guilty. They have also been subtle in their way of trying to intimate me to not continue seeking justice in court. They have suggested that even after two years, they may reopen my case and make more claims against me. They know that they screwed up and rather than make things right, they are willing to punish an innocent family. If there had been a true concern about me or my wife, they would have taken some action before two years had passed and before my legal action against them. Now, I'm having a hard time getting a new court date, and it wouldn't surprise me if one of the witnesses refuses to attend again. To prepare further for my case, I wanted to submit evidence against my in-laws to prove that they may have plotted to get me out of the way. At the time that all of this started, my wife and I had been discussing our disapproval of their treatment toward my wife's grandmother. My wife had also told me several stories about abuse in the home toward her. I asked for a detective with the Jefferson County Sheriff's department to investigate them and examine our evidence. My wife had revealed to me naked pictures of her father, and I suspected that these meant a lot more. The Sheriff's department is on the other extreme from DFS. Instead of meeting with me to go through our story and evidence, he threatened to arrest me if I contacted him again for help. Despite a police report on the kidnapping and my wife's claims of abuse, with evidence, the police refused to investigate. Talk about frustration. But, if I've learned anything from this, you can't put your hopes and faith in other people or even in a government system. God is the only one who won't let you down. Regardless of what anyone says about me, they can't make me something that I'm not. God has chosen to bless me, and as the bible says, who can dare to stand against God. It's been a bumpy road, and I've nearly lost it a few times, but now I'm happier and more blessed than ever before, even with this outstanding court date, which never seems to get scheduled.
Danny H

Macon, MO

#16 Nov 5, 2009
They should rename this forum to scum bags are us.
Rodd

Kansas City, MO

#18 Nov 7, 2009
Im not saying I agree or disagree with Mr. St. Louis, but I am saying Danny H that it's as easy as me getting your real name and calling D.S.S up and telling them that I saw you doing something with your child and by law they have to investigate. Now when they show up and you get all huffy and teary eyed lets just hope it doesn't hit the investigator the wrong way because they can make your life as much a living hell as this guy has went thru. God help him if he is guilty!
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#19 Nov 9, 2009
Over the past two years, I've come to realize that my problems are more a matter of falling victim to a game of bluff and intimidation. There has never been any criminal accusations against me, just a threat of making such accusations against me if I don't drop my case against the DFS social worker and my in-laws. Based on all of the horror stories that I've read, I'm actually lucky. I've never been arrested or lost my children, and I'm not dealing with any accusations of molestation or anything as serious as that, but it took me a year to even figure that out, because DFS refused to tell me what they were writing about me and my wife. Obviously, I've never had a chance to address any statements against me or to submit evidence in support of my story. The social worker also refused to record anything that we had to say about our in-laws. The one exception was that they noted that my wife had told them that she had been abused as a child. Somehow, DFS used this fact, to check a box against me. Apparently, I'm accoutable for their sins. DFS's justification was that people raised in abusive homes think that abuse is the norm. I don't believe this to the majority of abused people, because my wife and I both try to avoid the bad things that we've experience in our childhood. My wife would have been the first person to turn me in or leave me if I were capable of child abuse in any form. This is why she left my step daughter's father. He had a record of mental illness and a police record, yet this was someone that DFS kept trying to bring back into her life. I wasn't abused, but I grew up in a poor neighborhood around punks and all of those stereotypic images, so I try to keep those influences away from my children. Sometimes negative role models can help you find the right path, by showing you what you don't want to become. Instead of becoming a drug dealer, I sent myself to college and became a scientist. Instead of collecting guns, I collect antiques. As I've mentioned before, DFS had knowledge that my in-laws were child abusers, and that they had kidnapped my children years before, yet DFS refused to follow up on their motives to attack me, and decided to terrorize me for fun. I say that they have overstepped their boundaries, and failed to take action to protect my children from my in-laws. The current system is a threat to the ideals that we believe to represent the USA, and DFS is starting to look more like the talibon or a child trafficing organization than a legitimate organization put in place to protect individuals and to uphold everyone's rights. If I could move out of this country, I'd leave tomorrow and take my family with me. I don't believe that the US government is corrupt, but I do believe that at the local levels, a lot of corruption or misguided power hurts many people. The US constitution like the bible is based on thousands of years of wisdom. Why would anyone try to create an organization or set of laws to get around all that we've learned in that time?
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Nov 9, 2009
Rodd wrote:
Im not saying I agree or disagree with Mr. St. Louis, but I am saying Danny H that it's as easy as me getting your real name and calling D.S.S up and telling them that I saw you doing something with your child and by law they have to investigate. Now when they show up and you get all huffy and teary eyed lets just hope it doesn't hit the investigator the wrong way because they can make your life as much a living hell as this guy has went thru. God help him if he is guilty!
I understand the need to follow up, and I never objected to full cooperation. Unfortunately, that was my mistake. Maybe it's a matter of being understaffed and trying to find a quick way to close a case rather than getting into the truth or the details. The attitude may be that as long as there are no criminal charges, the worst that will happen is minimal damage. The intimidation wasn't presented this way and the pain is just as real as if they had been trying to hang me for a crime I didn't commit. If I hadn't let them in my home and given them my social security number, I've been told that I wouldn't have had any trouble. The innocent are usually the one's too naive to play the game. I'm strong in my religious beliefs, so it really hits hard, when someone tries to make be out as someone who doesn't act with morals. As I've said before, talk is cheap, and I'm all too familiar with seeing false calls to the police as a form of retaliation.
St Louis MO

Saint Louis, MO

#21 Nov 9, 2009
I also failed to mention that another of the problems that I have with the social worker's report is that it lies about my level of cooperation. I would be able to understand a desire to write something bad about an asshole with an uncooperative attitude, but still professionals should not let emotions misdirect them from the objectives or the facts. It's not illegal to be an asshole and it doesn't necessarily make someone a bad parent. I was fully cooperative and respectful and even offered to let them search my home and computer to demonstrate that I had nothing to hide. But, the DFS report says that I didn't cooperate. The fact that I gave them all of the information they asked for, and jumped through all of the hoops, proves otherwise. I'm guessing again, that the social worker was just lazy or in a hurry and any admission that they passed up an opportunity to search my home and computer would have required them to do so. So, it must have been easier for her to lie.
Mom4reform

Jacksonville, FL

#22 Nov 30, 2009
WOW Rodd can you call Greene county DSS and explain that to them when they had a confession from the person who raped my daughter and did not investigate a thing that are required by law to investigate or refer it to the local authorities in FLORIDA where the rape took place. Cause that they I would have not gotten a letter from the director Paula Neese of Greene county "stating that the rape of my daughter happend when she was 4 years old and happend 4 years prior to the July 10th 2009 Report date". Had they bothered to investigate anything instead of just closing the case with no finding found (they're way of saying we did not bother to investigate this rape of a 3 year old and it started in 2007 when she was 3 years old and ended when she was 4 years old in 2009) They would have know that was impossible because my daughter was just born and not four years old. So maybe you need to call DSS and remind them of the law that states they have to investigate and the other laws that state if crime happened in another state or the victim is in another state they are required by law to report it to the other state. However, had they bothered to investigate they would have known that this happened in 2007 til 2009 and it happened in FLORIDA not MISSOURI then maybe Florida would not have to fight so hard to get the confessions (cause there are two confessions) from Missouri files from DSS. But since DSS did not investigate at all I am in a personal hell trying to get justice for my now 5 year old daughter.
Mom4reform

Jacksonville, FL

#23 Nov 30, 2009
Rodd now that I am not as upset I want to say that was not ment to be directed at you but It does make me mad when I see something like that knowning they did nothing to investigate my daughters rape and I sure I am not the only parent out there this has happend to but I am lucky cause I did find out from other people that this happened cause I was told by DSS that I could have went the rest of my daughter and my life with out knowing this happend

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