Lawsuit charges that DYFS errors led to sex abuse of baby girl

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The adoptive mother of an 8-year-old New Jersey girl has sued the state's child welfare agency, accusing it of repeatedly bungling its obligation to protect the girl from abuse.
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Shelly

Philadelphia, PA

#73 Aug 21, 2010
Decades ago, when I was twelve, I reported sexual molestation by my mother's boyfriend to a mental health counselor at the Clinic in Passaic. Suddenly, my mother stopped taking me there, and her boyfriend left me alone physicially, not psychologically. A few years later he showed porn to a ten-year old neighbor girl. Who knows how many other victims this perp had? That clinic worker was too lazy to do her job, and she made me out to be the problem.
Grandma

Ketchikan, AK

#74 Aug 29, 2010
Laid Off Workers wrote:
It doesn't help the DCF or the Division of Children and Families (previously known as DYFS) that our beloved governor (Corzine, formally with Goldman/Sach) has to Lay Off all the DCF workers once a month to save the state budget regardless of how many children are in danger of abuse and neglect.
PLease! If you are so devoted to the children, wouldn't you work for free one day a month? Remember, It's for the children....

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#75 Aug 29, 2010
Shelly wrote:
Decades ago, when I was twelve, I reported sexual molestation by my mother's boyfriend to a mental health counselor at the Clinic in Passaic. Suddenly, my mother stopped taking me there, and her boyfriend left me alone physicially, not psychologically. A few years later he showed porn to a ten-year old neighbor girl. Who knows how many other victims this perp had? That clinic worker was too lazy to do her job, and she made me out to be the problem.
same sort of thing here and my late aunt Marilyn Messina was high up at DYFS in Paterson NJ and i wasn't safe either, my molester who was convicted Nels Johnson...of Haskell NJ molested me from age 6 until i was 15 when my mother finally "caught" him..i think she always knew..in fact i know she did...sad that i was "forced" by her to tell the judge that i wanted my "dad" to come home so we could be a family..the next 3 yrs he didn't touch me but my mother accused me of "f'ing" him and after i left home at 18 he left home shortly afterwards...my mother physically and mentally abused me and my sister for many yrs...and my aunt knew everything...so did DYFS...
Gradtogo

AOL

#76 Dec 14, 2010
I work in a youth residential center. I made a report to DYFS on behalf of a client I counseled. He reported having been sexually abused and that chances were that the perpetrator may now have access to his younger sibling in the home. My program Adm stalled and wanted to put in time to deal with the situation. I senced the urgency and filed the report despite instructions not to. Since then Adm and coworkers all five me the cold shoulder. My shifts have been cut drastically, my wages diminished, demoted. They blame it to the recession in US. But I know it is retliation for filing the report. Why would they get so apprehensive when DYFS is involded investigating them. They should not if they are clean. What should I do?
RealSparanoCom

Hackensack, NJ

#77 Feb 4, 2011
Stop DYFS From Abusing Their Power by signing the petition TODAY. Here is the link:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-dyfs-fro...

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#79 Mar 25, 2011
Gradtogo wrote:
I work in a youth residential center. I made a report to DYFS on behalf of a client I counseled. He reported having been sexually abused and that chances were that the perpetrator may now have access to his younger sibling in the home. My program Adm stalled and wanted to put in time to deal with the situation. I senced the urgency and filed the report despite instructions not to. Since then Adm and coworkers all five me the cold shoulder. My shifts have been cut drastically, my wages diminished, demoted. They blame it to the recession in US. But I know it is retliation for filing the report. Why would they get so apprehensive when DYFS is involded investigating them. They should not if they are clean. What should I do?
i would file a complaint with the EEOC .. it will go nowhere but there are laws in place these days about stuff like this...i am not sure you would be considered a whistleblower but in some sense you would .. i would look into it..look for an employment lawyer...do it now before they screw you over even more...seriously
Mzhoney

Brooklyn, NY

#81 Mar 26, 2011
I'm a product of the system taking from mi mom at 3 into a foster home with the griffiths NYC queens George was an war rat and he molested me and my sister and we got syc lock up cuz officials didn't investigate left us in the home for abuse until one white worker who knew the truth told us to run away stay in street 24 hours and he would put me in a group home at eighteen I did and I saved my life just a lil mental illness from the mess and trauma but they destroy homes been in my sister life with kids ova twenty years also now they fucked with my daughter I got her kid someone called em while she was at work I had her kid and because she won't comply with drug test they got open case against her and came to mi house with referral. Ask for hearings use the court I fought bcw 40 years they can b beat take a chance with the judge it wor
Dennis Day

Cape May, NJ

#82 Apr 28, 2011
In 2006 Me and the mother of my daughter were split up and thing's started getting bad Un-benounced to me I worked 16 hour's a day lived 15 block's away and got to see my daughter once a week.There was a referral called in to DYFS my daughter was removed from the home without any notification to me when I had found out they looked at some police record's from 2001 3 years before my daughter was born and made the assumtion I was an acoholic.they put me in service's after one of their drug and acohol evaluater's evaluated me.Now many year's later I had a son Because my litigation was dropped the first time I had to go through new service's witout an evaluation my son was in their care for 14 month's when he finally came home I taught him how to walk in 2 week's and many word's as well.1 month in to him being home a nosey neighbor called the cop's for noise and they removed my son because I had 3 mixed drink's my son was there but he was in bed.I had 2 warrant's for unpaid traffic fine's I was arrested.The officer did not remove my child but instead wrote a report 2 day's later and that is when they came and removed my son.I thought if there were imminent danger the officer was to remove him then.But no 59 hour's later.Now they are saying this is not a new case it is a continuation of last one and Sean may be adopted out.I am a good father and cannot afford a good lawyer,only a public pretender,also cannot afford to get my own doctor's opinion,only the one payed by the DYFS contracted doctor's who will say anything to help Dtfs case against us.My son is a healthy 15 month old.And foster mother has already agreed to adopt if thing's go south for us.They have also told me I can not see my daughter under no circumstace's she is seven she will begin to think I don't want anything to do with her.If this is not resolved and I lose my children I will lose it.Thank you for listening.darkriff44@hotmail.c om
Liar

AOL

#83 Jul 11, 2011
Veronica wrote:
I worked for DYFS and the investigators just do not care and it is because they are not watched over and have no concern over losing their jobs. I saw how a kid was taken away from a family permanently because the father spent time in jail for EXCESSIVE PARKING TICKETS. When I questioned this while drafting papers (legal), you should have seen how quickly they covered their rear ends. They are the laziest group of workers, pretending to be busy but doing absolutely nothing at their offices all day long - at least the one I was situated at.
Good luck NJ, you need it!
You are NOT a DYFS worker if you are claiming they are in the office all day doing nothing!!! Sorry, but you are full of crap.

Since: Mar 07

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#84 Jul 12, 2011
Liar wrote:
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You are NOT a DYFS worker if you are claiming they are in the office all day doing nothing!!! Sorry, but you are full of crap.
my aunt worked for DYFS in Paterson, NJ this person is more than likely right on the money...who are you?

Since: Mar 07

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#85 Jul 12, 2011
Mzhoney wrote:
I'm a product of the system taking from mi mom at 3 into a foster home with the griffiths NYC queens George was an war rat and he molested me and my sister and we got syc lock up cuz officials didn't investigate left us in the home for abuse until one white worker who knew the truth told us to run away stay in street 24 hours and he would put me in a group home at eighteen I did and I saved my life just a lil mental illness from the mess and trauma but they destroy homes been in my sister life with kids ova twenty years also now they fucked with my daughter I got her kid someone called em while she was at work I had her kid and because she won't comply with drug test they got open case against her and came to mi house with referral. Ask for hearings use the court I fought bcw 40 years they can b beat take a chance with the judge it wor
if she has nothing to hide and it means she could get her kid back why won't she COMPLY with a drug test? does she have a drug history?

Since: Mar 07

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#86 Jul 12, 2011
Gradtogo wrote:
I work in a youth residential center. I made a report to DYFS on behalf of a client I counseled. He reported having been sexually abused and that chances were that the perpetrator may now have access to his younger sibling in the home. My program Adm stalled and wanted to put in time to deal with the situation. I senced the urgency and filed the report despite instructions not to. Since then Adm and coworkers all five me the cold shoulder. My shifts have been cut drastically, my wages diminished, demoted. They blame it to the recession in US. But I know it is retliation for filing the report. Why would they get so apprehensive when DYFS is involded investigating them. They should not if they are clean. What should I do?
i would call 9 on your side or something, even though i did that when i filed a complaint about Advo Serv in Hewitt, NJ about their abusive supervisors there, the state of NJ gave my name to them and they in turn gave my name to the 2 people beating on residents...i then got terrible threats and am still having problems for a year and more now...i would start keeping a diary of everything said and done and file a complaint with the EEOC...who will more than likely find that you have no case but they will supply you with a "right to sue" letter...then i'd get a lawyer, there is something like a whistleblowers law...i don't know how it would pertain to you but i'd check it out
ALL OF NJ UNITED

Medford, NJ

#87 Oct 14, 2011
Sign the petition!!! Go to the following link...

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-dyfs-fro...

Stop DYFS from Destroying Families, Petition for a Full Investigation into DYFS Today!

Dear Gov. Christie:

DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) is dividing families all over the state of New Jersey. Parents are crying for help from these sadists who take children because of anonymous calls and unwarranted complaints. DYFS threatens family and uses stall tactics to keep and claim children. They are authorized to enter your house and take your children for unset lengths of time. DYFS officials blatantly lie to judges, doctors and police officers to humiliate and harass innocent parents, most of who do not have the funds to hire lawyers to fight. Each child adopted brings the state up to $8,000 and DYFS is abusing their authority to get rich.

For years, DYFS has tortured and tormented families on taxpayer's dollar and is backed by the Stalinist government of New Jersey. They are given higher authority than police officers, in many cases. The time to investigate DYFS is now. A simple Google search with reveal literally thousands of disgruntled parents who spent years and thousands of dollars fighting unwarranted claims by DYFS. These parents are too scared to speak out, in fear that DYFS will take their children and further destroy their lives.

We are urging you to revamp DYFS by conducting a full investigation into their services. The time has come to clean out all these taxpayer-funded sadists who take joy in abusing their power by harassing parents and ruining lives. As obvious by the 7-0 ruling in the New Jersey Supreme Court on January 26, 2011, DYFS needs to re-evaluate their definition of abuse and neglect. They also need a good dose of common sense. This case is a clear example of the personal bias and overzealous reaction by DYFS officials against parents who fight them. We, the taxpaying citizens of New Jersey, are sick and tired of the corrupt system known as DYFS and ask for your help.

[Your name]
davis

Swedesboro, NJ

#88 Dec 23, 2011
i think the hole dyfus should be dismantal they do no good for any body but thre own pockets the lawyer you trust and judges what a joke and the madia the whole thing is x rated bye me thats why they are in it because sex sells wake up america
davis

Swedesboro, NJ

#89 Dec 23, 2011
we the people need to set up our oun dyfus for the abusers of us and go after them what is good for them is good for us so whactch your step when you are out there we will not take no more of your abuse we are the good hard working people and you are the lazy welfare people the trash of the earth how i feel trun the wheel on them
kate

Glen Cove, NY

#90 Aug 23, 2012
pissed off wrote:
well then, if they can't take the heat they need to get out of the kitchen! they destroyed my 2 nieces and 2 nephews lives... in a matter two week, TWO WEEKS!... the two boys were raped while in a foster care home IN ORANGE NJ... by the foster MOTHER.... i thought they investagate these people?(it's all bullshit! she is so lucky that they dont give me her name...) the whole dyfs system is a BIG FAILURE, its not working! SO THEY NEED TO FIX IT.... i hate them all! and anyone who defends them
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I have a few friends from college who ended up working for dyfus, and yes, it is true they go through some dreadful events sometimes, but hey, that's what they chose to do in life. I think the whole system is a joke. They don't run thorough checks on these foster families. They just run a credit check and criminal background. How many criminals and drug addicts do you know that have have gotten caught yet or have had their record expunged? They don't care about the children, and why should they? They are heartless people. They trade in salary for power. So, most of these dyfus workers get paid very poorly but they have this certain power over innocent families. It's sickening and disgusting. I, for one, don't care about all the drama they go through, its what they chose to do for a living, so deal with it. Oh, and you don't have to be a genious to work for dyfus, it only takes a couple of years of social work studies. And these are the people we are trusting our kids with????

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