ABUSE REGISTRY: An Iowa Supreme Court ruling could change the way I...

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Bill

Mason City, IA

#1 Jul 16, 2010
the serious offenders should stay on the registery but there are people that have very minor B.S. charges that have no place on the registery, DHS has abused it's power for years in places it didn't need to, DHS should have followed protocol and placed people on the registery according to law, not because they wanted to...
kayla sorenson

Columbia City, IN

#2 Jul 16, 2010
I was one of these people affected by DHS. 10 years ago had this happen to me only my son was not in my care, but in my boyfriends care. I was founded for neglect because i should of known better is what the DHS worker told me. I also have a sixteen year old daughter who was never taken out of my care. And since then DHS basically made me terminate my rights to. They lied on thier reports to the judge and told me my son belonged with a black family. Then 8 years later my sister could not take care of her son and they placed him in my care and up till 2 months ago was going to let me adopt him. He is also biracial.This has also affected jobs and the career I always wanted.I feel DHS is not bias that they make their every worker makes their own mind up and i don't feel that is fair. Not everyones situation is the same.
Really

Moorhead, MN

#3 Jul 16, 2010
Oskaloosa DHS tried telling me 8 years ago I needed to hang pictures on my walls! REALLY?! My case was found unfounded; however, DHS thinks they are GODS! They abuse their power! I called and turned my neighbor in for watching her 2 yr old play in the road while she was inside sleeping! Nothing ever happened with that case! They pick on the minor cases, and ignore the huge cases! DHS blows, and they all need to be re-schooled!
george1313

Albany, GA

#4 Jul 17, 2010
Iowa law does need to continue to include individuals on the child abuse registry that have failed to provide proper supervision of a child. Our family had the unfortunate experience of having our child exposed to this with a prior in-home childcare provider two years ago. The childcare provider was found to be guilty of child abuse in the area of neglect.

IF the law does change this, this will increase the probability of more children placed in this situation. Parents, as far as I know, do not have easy accessibility of those placed on the child abuse registry; just employers. It would be great if this could be added to the current law.

In Polk County, there are only two individuals that can check in-home childcare providers to make sure they are complying with the rules and regulations set with state certified in-home childcare providers (this may have changed with budget cuts).

I think more should be added to the law; easy access for parents to check the child abuse registry as well as hire more individuals by the state to conduct annual or every six months observations/reviews and post those findings on the state website for the public to view.

Just a thought.
life2010

Fort Dodge, IA

#5 Jul 17, 2010
dhs thinks they know every thing they dont even follow there own rules
rick glick

Fort Dodge, IA

#6 Jul 17, 2010
i would say that not a good we need to keep our kids safe at all times by taking them off the list what will happen next let drug dearler go dor to door not
Registry Hinder

Des Moines, IA

#7 Jul 18, 2010
I have to agree with the courts. If a mother at a young age makes a mistake she has to live with it for a long time because of this registry. This registry hinders them from getting certain jobs and trying to make something of themselves. I can see it being for the more serious defenders such as hurting a child.

I was a foster parent to a child due to a neglect charge from a mother. The mother changed her life has custody of the children and now has the hinder of being on this list.
Seriously

Chelsea, IA

#8 Jul 18, 2010
Are you kidding me!??
People are not put on the registry for no reason!
My 6 month old daughter was abused while at her daycare providers home. She had substantial injuries and because the court couldn't prove without a reasonable doubt that the injuries were caused by the provider(she kept saying we brought the child to her in that condition, what reasonable provider would allow an injured child to stay in her home for 8 hours like that...get real!)
But since we couldn't actually prove that HER hands did the damage but was believed by the court it happened during the course of the 8 hours she was in the providers care, we were able to slap her with improper supervision. The most minor of all possible charges, but was at least something and it got her ass on the registry so she can't hurt another kid.
You think DHS is whacked trying getting justice for your severely abused,screaming, bleeding BABY! The system is F*ed from both sides. They said the only way we could actually PROVE she did it was either with her confession or the victim being able to tell them who did it. Yea, ok, my 6 month will get right on that!
So cry me a river that you think you were unfairly placed on the registry, you don't get put on there for no reason. SOMETHING happened...own up to it and take care of your children. If you are properly taking care of your children then you have nothing to worry about.
I imagine these 20,000 people that are on the registry for improper supervision are similar cases to mine. They didn't have enough evidence to charge the bastards with the real crime (because the child wasn't able to speak, ect) so this is all the could get.
A person shouldn't go free just because a baby cannot give a recount of what happened.
These people are guilty as hell and they know it, they ought to just be thankful this is all they got and keep their damn mouths shut!
wrongfully accused

Newton, IA

#9 Jul 18, 2010
i do think the system need to be reviewed i am a great mom i do everything for my kids i dont let them out of my sight yet i amon the child abuse registry because when i was 19 i told my mom i was pregant i already had a 10 month old ( yes i know it wasnt smart but i was on birth control) in front of my son my mom beat my head into a brick wall and i had to the hospital. Iwas not the very brightand DHS took advange of the sitution in court they used the fact that i knew my mom was not ok to be around since at the age 11 to 13 i was molested by her x boyfriend she abandon me and left me in the system till i was 15 so they said because of this i was a bad mom and need to be on a register i tried to appeal but my lawyer and dhs refuse they said my problem is i victimize myself i had no money no support and got put on this regsiter during this i was going to school to be a cna so i got drop from my course aand now have to pay sudent loans to something i couldnt finish now i have 3 beauiful very happy kid and what happen to me does not fit in any of the reason there abusing the regsiter
Seriously

Chelsea, IA

#10 Jul 18, 2010
Wrongfully- I am sorry about your situation with your mom, but believe there has to be more to that story.
You wouldn't have been placed on the registry because your mom assaulted YOU in front of him.
Did your son get hurt in the process? Did you leave him with your mom for her to care for him after the assault? THOSE situations might get you in trouble but just him witnessing an assault wouldn't.
Again, I say.....there has to be more to these stories than people are willing to admit.
wrongfully accused

Newton, IA

#11 Jul 18, 2010
Seriously wrote:
Wrongfully- I am sorry about your situation with your mom, but believe there has to be more to that story.
You wouldn't have been placed on the registry because your mom assaulted YOU in front of him.
Did your son get hurt in the process? Did you leave him with your mom for her to care for him after the assault? THOSE situations might get you in trouble but just him witnessing an assault wouldn't.
Again, I say.....there has to be more to these stories than people are willing to admit.
duh thats the whole point its honestly cause i was in foster kid because my mom disowned me and let me get molested. and it was my fault cause i after all this i brought my kids maybe u should read the whole story first before posting and there actually alot of people on the resgiter for here husband or boyfriend beating them up in front of there kids and no it doesnt matter if its the first time or not i know people to are to scare to call the police in these situation because there scared that they will haave their children taking away i can copy and send u my damn rewiew paper and show you that the problem with this people they need to get off the high horses and realize there not always right and they should do more research then just posting THERE opinions that some is lying and truly if u still cant see that the system is corupt then your just plain ingorant
Dave

Des Moines, IA

#12 Jul 18, 2010
Kayla, it sounds like you and your sister are pretty much just losers. Having a kid taken away from you, the child has probably been better off w/out you. Thanks for playing though.
DISGUSTED

Corydon, IA

#13 Jul 19, 2010
I CANNOT BELIEVE SOME OF THE POSTS ON HERE. IT STATES IN THE BIBLE THOUGH SHALT NOT JUDGE AND IT IS OBVIOUS SOME OF YOU NEED TO READ IT. NOT EVERY ONE'S SITUATION IS THE SAME AND WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND MAKE MISTAKES. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE SITTING THERE JUDGING OTHERS...I AM SURE YOU ARE PERFECT AND HAVE NEVER MADE A MISTKE. IT IS EASY FOR YOU TO SIT AND HIDE BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER AND SAY NASTY THINGS TO OTHERS BUT YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW SOMEONE UNTIL YOU HAVE WALKED IN THEIR SHOES SO YOU SHOULD JUST KEEP YOUR NASTY OPINIONS TO YOURSELF!
Dubuque

Des Moines, IA

#14 Jul 26, 2010
@Seriously, you are running with a personal perspective about what happened TOO YOUR CHILD. There are people that have been founded for no reason or are extremely weak reasons.(Leave a 10 and a half year old kid walk to school by himself, drive a car in a parking lot while sitting on the parent's lap, let them stay home and watch t.v. when going to the gas station and back and so forth). I know of one case that involved two different counties. One county misqouted a teacher apologized but never corrected the mistake, then that same county destroyed all the original notes. Then the other county did confirm and also confirmed another person that was never interviewed then erased the email from the other county destroying all evidence. Then said that it didn't know a who a person was that the child stated was terrified of, when this is the worker that confirmed. All is in appeal. So tell me... is this a river of tears, is there something missing to the story...here is one more for you do you want the case number and buy the transcript to believe it yourself? Also, this is not the first time this has happened. One of the worker's name is Kelsy Wade recently relocated to Clinton county.
loves my children

Pikesville, MD

#15 Aug 5, 2010
Due to the DHS I have spent the past 5 years on the registry for mental abuse of my daughter. A very prominent MD made a mandatory report of me based on one visit with my ex, and my children. This office visit lasted no more than 2 hours and was on a Friday. This physician was in on a Sunday writing a mandatory report which was given to DHS promply on Monday morning. His report stated I had a mental condition and had caused my child to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The 22yr old DHS worker refused to call any of my references stating that she only need 51% of the evidence to found a case and she had a licensed MD stating I was at fault. The MD never called me, never spoke to me, never knew before my ex mentioned my name. The ND was at the time a mental consultant for the county, and on the board of several hospitals So, I believe that there are many names on the Registry that shoud not be on there. I believe the DHS shouldn't have more power than that of a Judge yet they are destroying lives everyday. I also heard that the Social Security Act of 1978 allows a dollar for dollar match for every dollar DHS collects through child support, foster support, and adoptions.
Just to clarify this is not the same registry as the SEX offender registry. They are 2 different lists. I have worked for the School system with an excellent record, coached Little League baseball, USAF veteran with and honorable discharge record and was working for the same county as the county DHS that put me on the register.
no one

North Liberty, IA

#16 Aug 7, 2010
Seriously wrote:
Are you kidding me!??
People are not put on the registry for no reason!
My 6 month old daughter was abused while at her daycare providers home. She had substantial injuries and because the court couldn't prove without a reasonable doubt that the injuries were caused by the provider(she kept saying we brought the child to her in that condition, what reasonable provider would allow an injured child to stay in her home for 8 hours like that...get real!)
But since we couldn't actually prove that HER hands did the damage but was believed by the court it happened during the course of the 8 hours she was in the providers care, we were able to slap her with improper supervision. The most minor of all possible charges, but was at least something and it got her **** on the registry so she can't hurt another kid.
You think DHS is whacked trying getting justice for your severely abused,screaming, bleeding BABY! The system is F*ed from both sides. They said the only way we could actually PROVE she did it was either with her confession or the victim being able to tell them who did it. Yea, ok, my 6 month will get right on that!
So cry me a river that you think you were unfairly placed on the registry, you don't get put on there for no reason. SOMETHING happened...own up to it and take care of your children. If you are properly taking care of your children then you have nothing to worry about.
I imagine these 20,000 people that are on the registry for improper supervision are similar cases to mine. They didn't have enough evidence to charge the bastards with the real crime (because the child wasn't able to speak, ect) so this is all the could get.
A person shouldn't go free just because a baby cannot give a recount of what happened.
These people are guilty as hell and they know it, they ought to just be thankful this is all they got and keep their damn mouths shut!
obviously your a perfect mother and have never made a mistake in your life. I hope you never do. But if you do... you will understand the difference between a mistake and a child abuser. people do make mistakes and should be punished i agree but not for ten years, that hinders your ability to make a better life for your family.
Jane Tyler

Millsboro, DE

#17 Sep 23, 2010
Abuse Regristry for Polk County
COW PIE or cow dung

Des Moines, IA

#18 Sep 23, 2010
Bill wrote:
the serious offenders should stay on the registery but there are people that have very minor B.S. charges that have no place on the registery, DHS has abused it's power for years in places it didn't need to, DHS should have followed protocol and placed people on the registery according to law, not because they wanted to...
A few years ago, I was charged for Trespass, but the real reason was, I was caught being a "Peeping Tom".
I was not considered a serious offender, so the DHS did not put me on the Registery List, since it was not involved with child abuse.
Falsely Accused

United States

#19 Oct 3, 2010
For those of you who think people don't end up on that list for no reason- you are WRONG.
To "Seriously"- How would you feel if the hospital and DHS accused YOU of harming your child instead of the daycare provider? This happens. Then you would be on that list.
Individuals are placed on the child abuse registry without benefit of a trial. There is very little opportunity to prove innocence, and that is what you have to do with CPS. CPS is only required to accuse you, not prove beyond a reasonable doubt like in criminal cases.
I am on the list in a different state. My crime? Appearing to have bipolar disorder. CPS did not accuse me of neglect or abuse- they accused me of Threat of Harm by saying that because of bipolar I was putting my child at risk. I didn't have an attorney for several months into the case, and a founded disposition was made. Eventually I got an attorney, won custody of my daughter back, and was able to prove that she was never in danger of being harmed in my care. Oh yeah- during the case my doctor found out I have a non-cancerous brain tumor. Turns out I'm not bipolar after all- just had a tumor that needed to be treated.
I'm on the list. In my state, the legislature has made it impossible to be removed from the list.
If you think you can't be falsely accused of child abuse and end up on that list, type out your name and address. Let someone make a complaint about you and see how it turns out. Good luck.
Ashley

Boone, IA

#20 Oct 4, 2010
they abused childeren and you want to take them off the list. Why that is my question.

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