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Lawsuit Filed Against Department Of Human Services

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need help out of creek co

Tulsa, OK

#110 Feb 25, 2009
Grandmother Sis wrote:
With the lawsuit against the DHS. My one comment is How Many Native Americans are under Custody of the DHS. That the Indian Child Welfare Social Services of the Indian Tribes in Oklahoma don't know about
If DHS has Indian Children in custody, have they notified the Tribes, that they have them?
Can you or at least someone answer this?
add two more I had to report it,I have one back but they are keeping medical from him 7months now and Ive been fighting for Four years done everything they told or asked me to do
W Moore

United States

#111 Feb 26, 2009
need help out of creek co wrote:
<quoted text>add two more I had to report it,I have one back but they are keeping medical from him 7months now and Ive been fighting for Four years done everything they told or asked me to do
Check out www.sq745.org
jenfennell

Claremore, OK

#112 Mar 10, 2009
Please Help,
I don't have $10,000 to spend in legal fees, I am a single mom who has just begun being harassed by the Rogers Co. judicial system. My son has missed some school due to my tragic car accident just six months ago, mostly due to being out of town with family while I was in the hospital trying to recover from a broken back!!! They lost their aunt in this wreck, and now, from what I hear of Rogers Co. they may lose me, and I them. This is only the start, I was charged with willfully abetting minor to be deprived of education, all after almost losing my life, and losing my sister. Then in court, they only urged me to plead guilty and accept the term to paying fines, and paying to attend classes. I fear for the worst, my children are my life, and I am all they have,
please any help?
Maybe how to contact your law firm, I looked them up, but the only firm I found with their name is very far away.
Thank you,
PS was wondering how your case was going?
Don't five up or give in, I know I won't.

“Caring father.”

Since: Feb 08

http://hallcase.bravehost.com

#113 Mar 10, 2009
jenfennell wrote:
Please Help,
I don't have $10,000 to spend in legal fees, I am a single mom who has just begun being harassed by the Rogers Co. judicial system. My son has missed some school due to my tragic car accident just six months ago, mostly due to being out of town with family while I was in the hospital trying to recover from a broken back!!! They lost their aunt in this wreck, and now, from what I hear of Rogers Co. they may lose me, and I them. This is only the start, I was charged with willfully abetting minor to be deprived of education, all after almost losing my life, and losing my sister. Then in court, they only urged me to plead guilty and accept the term to paying fines, and paying to attend classes. I fear for the worst, my children are my life, and I am all they have,
please any help?
Maybe how to contact your law firm, I looked them up, but the only firm I found with their name is very far away.
Thank you,
PS was wondering how your case was going?
Don't five up or give in, I know I won't.
Your best bet will be Don Haslam and the Haslam Law Firm. Because of our case, the Rogers County judges have been forced to withdraw from all of Don's cases. Don's number is in the Tulsa phone book. Another great attorney is Linda Branstetter. She won my falsly filed criminal case. Also join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OK_DHS_Victims to get moral support.

“Caring father.”

Since: Feb 08

http://hallcase.bravehost.com

#114 Mar 10, 2009
jenfennell wrote:
Please Help,
I don't have $10,000 to spend in legal fees, I am a single mom who has just begun being harassed by the Rogers Co. judicial system. My son has missed some school due to my tragic car accident just six months ago, mostly due to being out of town with family while I was in the hospital trying to recover from a broken back!!! They lost their aunt in this wreck, and now, from what I hear of Rogers Co. they may lose me, and I them. This is only the start, I was charged with willfully abetting minor to be deprived of education, all after almost losing my life, and losing my sister. Then in court, they only urged me to plead guilty and accept the term to paying fines, and paying to attend classes. I fear for the worst, my children are my life, and I am all they have,
please any help?
Maybe how to contact your law firm, I looked them up, but the only firm I found with their name is very far away.
Thank you,
PS was wondering how your case was going?
Don't five up or give in, I know I won't.
Here is Don Haslam's website and more information on our case: http://www.donhaslam.com/civil_cases.html
W Moore

United States

#115 Mar 11, 2009
See the latest on DHS.
http://newsok. com/ex-dhs- worker-belinda- ann-maldonado- accused-of- forgery/article/ 3352293#comments

“Caring father.”

Since: Feb 08

http://hallcase.bravehost.com

#116 Mar 14, 2009
W Moore wrote:
See the latest on DHS.
http://newsok. com/ex-dhs- worker-belinda- ann-maldonado- accused-of- forgery/article/ 3352293#comments
The link did not work. Try this one:

http://newsok.com/ex-dhs-worker-belinda-ann-m...
GRANDMOTHER FEED-UP

Sulphur, OK

#117 Apr 16, 2009
I EMAILED THESE LETTERS TO;
Kinkade, Cynthia
Doug Cox
1ST LETTER
I just found out earlier that my daughters boys where placed in a boys home. Those boys didn't have a behaviour issue. I can prove it with videos and people around the community. This is so wrong placing a 4yr old and 5yr old in a boys home, to get abuse. OH, How scared they must have been. This was wrong that Kathleen Olinghouse and who ever else involved would put children through this that has family that love them. I hope you all can sleep at night after doing this to innocent children. Well, i have contacted Channel 6 news to do a story on this abuse that was put on these precious little boys. I'm contacting the lawyers on the lawsuit with the other nine people that this happened to. I just want justice brought over this crule malious act. I don't want anymore children to suffer like my Grandsons did.
I CAN HEAR MY GRANDSONS CRYING, I WANT MY MOMMY.
CONCERNED GRANDMOTHER
GRANDMOTHER FEED-UP

Sulphur, OK

#118 Apr 16, 2009
2ND LETTER
Something DOES have to be done! I don't know if you are just not aware of what is going on in Delaware county or if you are a part of this railroad operation that is going on with My daugther currently fighting for her children and facing termination of her parental rights based on false accusations. My daughters two boys 4 and 5 yrs old the state took them in to custody over a week ago and they will not say anything, she has not talk with them nor seen them since. You told me in your email that you would talk to her worker to see that she gets a call or something. Nothing has been done, yet. These women are using there retaliation against my daughter to hurt these boys. My heart breeds for my Grandsons and it is very sad to see a system that promotes protecting children be the devil themselves. I cry every night for these boys, because they are been hurt by Kathleen Olinghouse and Brandi Peden. I don't know if you have Grandchildren, but just think of
this nightmare happening to you and your family, over a women like Kathleen Olinghouse. Kathleen Olinghouse and Brandi Peden paid for my ex's lawyer, the boys father to get custody of the kids. I have a recording from the step mother where she tells me that these two women paid for her lawyer. Why didn't they pay for my lawyer. These two have been working against me from day one and has gotten worst. The fathers wife don't want the boys, they got 3 young kids. The DHS OF DELAWARE CO., made it where my daughter can't get er little baby girl now that they came in and removed the boys on bogus charges. My two sons lost their sister to the other parent over bogus allegations. Now they pull them out of their home and into foster home. My 4 year old has ADHA Disorder, and I'm afraid he will be mistreated. He is not as bad as these DHS women are saying, he just wants to be a kid and Kathleen and Brandi won't let him. They are taking away his child years from
him. My Grand babies are my heart. Two Attorneys where talking about this case and the one Attorney said to the other Attorney, these women are railroading Jennifer and they got her in this triangle and it's all over bogus allegations against her. The Attorney has heard or seen something for him to believe the statement he made. The Attorney, is not my daughters Attorney, so that must say something about what is going on. My daughter and her children has been neglected and mistreated by DHS OF DELAWARE CO.. Can you imagine what this has done to those little boys, it's just like them being kidnapped, but only it's by the DHS OF DELAWARE CO. I want Kathleen Olinghouse fired and anyone else that was involved in this vicious plot to destroy my family.
If her children are not back in her arms by the end of the week, I will be getting an Attorney and sue for damages done by this department afflicted upon my family.
CYNTHIA KINKADE, EVERYTIME YOU SEND THIS TO DHS OF DELAWARE COUNTY, NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT ANYTHING. PLEASE SEND TO SOMEONE WHO WILL DO SOMETHING ABOUT KATHLEEN OLINGHOUSE. I THOUGHT KATHLEEN WAS GOING TO BE TAKEN OFF MY DAUGHTERS CASE. INSTEAD SHE WAS MADE SUPERVISOR OVER THE CASE. WHAT GOOD DID IT DO TO TAKE HER OFF THE CASE IF SHE WAS MADE SUPERVISOR OVER IT.
CHILDREN ARE INNOCENT, WHY WAS MY GRAND BABIES TAKEN OUT OF AN NON-ABUSIVE HOME AND PUT IN SEVERAL FOSTER CARES IN A WEEK. YES, MY GRANDSON HAS ADHA AND HE WAS DOING JUST FINE ON MEDICATION. DON'T YOU THINK HE IS SCARED. I CAN HEAR HIM SAYING WHERE IS MY MOMMY, I WANT MY MOMMY.
THIS WAS A VERY VICIOUS THING KATHLEEN DID UNTO MY GRANDSONS.
CONCERNED; GRANDMOTHER
SOMEONE HELP GET JUSTICE THESE BABIES THAT KATHLEEN OLINGHOUSE WITH DHS OF DELAWARE COUNTY SENT TO A BOYS HOME.
FEED-UP GRANDMOTHER

Sulphur, OK

#119 Apr 16, 2009
I EMAILED THESE LETTERS TO;
Kinkade, Cynthia
Doug Cox
1ST LETTER
I just found out earlier that my daughters boys where placed in a boys home. Those boys didn't have a behaviour issue. I can prove it with videos and people around the community. This is so wrong placing a 4yr old and 5yr old in a boys home, to get abuse. OH, How scared they must have been. This was wrong that Kathleen Olinghouse and who ever else involved would put children through this that has family that love them. I hope you all can sleep at night after doing this to innocent children. Well, i have contacted Channel 6 news to do a story on this abuse that was put on these precious little boys. I'm contacting the lawyers on the lawsuit with the other nine people that this happened to. I just want justice brought over this crule malious act. I don't want anymore children to suffer like my Grandsons did.
I CAN HEAR MY GRANDSONS CRYING, I WANT MY MOMMY.
CONCERNED GRANDMOTHER

[email protected]
Connie P Newcastle Ok

Kingfisher, OK

#120 May 15, 2009
I live in McClain county and have had to deal with a dhs worker Keri Riley. She will not allow me to see my granddaughter. I have filed for adoption, it has been appealed, and I filed for vistation which we're still awaiting it. I have done everything that she and dhs has asked from doing a home study and having dhs come out and do a home go through and still not get to have my granddaughter to come and visit. When my daughter
gave up her righs I was never imformed that I was also losing my rights!!! Now I'm going through hell just to see my blood grandchild. If anyone out there has had to deal with this dhs worker please let me know. I'm going to fight her win or lose.
Connie
KnowsTheRopes

Oklahoma City, OK

#121 May 22, 2009
Can someone tell me the name of the law firm that is handling the suit against DHS? I really would like to talk to them. If you have a phone number, even better.
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#122 Jun 2, 2009
KnowsTheRopes wrote:
Can someone tell me the name of the law firm that is handling the suit against DHS? I really would like to talk to them. If you have a phone number, even better.
childrensrights.org , I also have a copy of the lawsuit petition if you want to read it.
[email protected]
W Moore

Owasso, OK

#123 Jun 2, 2009
“For our Children…For our Families”
www.okfrc.org

Oklahoma Family Rights Coalition to host Community Meeting in Rogers County
Meeting to discuss Initiative Petition to overhaul OKDHS
Claremore, OK —A community meeting intended to inform the residents of Rogers County about State Question 749 is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Lynn Riggs Gazebo Park, Weenonah & Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore, Oklahoma. The meeting will be from 10:00am to 1:30pm and is open to the public.
SQ 749 is an initiative petition being circulated by members of the Oklahoma Family Rights Coalition. The petition seeks to overhaul the current Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare system. A Legislative Performance Review of the Department of Human Services dated February 25, 2009 states that Oklahoma is taking children into custody at twice the National average. The proponents of SQ749 suggest that by establishing clear definitions of “the best interests of the child” and “imminent danger”, as well as establishing criminal and civil penalties for denying visitation for non custodial parents, and making false abuse and neglect allegations, the number of children unnecessarily removed from their families will be reduced and therefore lower the number of children in state custody.
Copies of the initiative petition to place SQ 749 on the next election ballot as well as information about the Oklahoma Family Rights Coalition will be available for review.
The OKFRC is a statewide grassroots organization whose mission is to “re-establish the ideals of community unity, family sanctity, and leadership accountability in the state of Oklahoma. Through the establishment of clear and fair legislation, civil justice, and non-invasive family and community services, the OKFRC works to ensure that every citizen, regardless of gender or age, continues to enjoy the liberties afforded them by the laws and Constitution of our State and Nation.”

Contact:
Clarence Cooper, President and Chairman, [email protected]
Maria Moore, Planning Chair,[email protected]
William Moore, Media Relations,[email protected]
vicki

Pampa, TX

#124 Jul 16, 2009
roofgoof wrote:
<quoted text>
if that is the case then why are many of these kids wind up dead? or parents who do what the agency/courts tell them to do and never see them again? the system is seriously flawed and needs an overhaul.
i agree with this comment, the dhs system in our county is for the mother, the father tries to abide by all the rules and does as the judge requests but it seems that is never good enough, the courts, dhs thinks that a child should remain with the mother even when the mother is the reason they are taken away to begin with
vicki

Pampa, TX

#125 Jul 16, 2009
KnowsTheRopes wrote:
Can someone tell me the name of the law firm that is handling the suit against DHS? I really would like to talk to them. If you have a phone number, even better.
yes, i know there are alot of people in custer and beckham county that would be interested in putting some input into this as well, please post the phone number
jo jo

Pampa, TX

#126 Jul 16, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
I am a social worker with the agency and I know for a fact that DHS has made its fair share of mistakes. However, I want to point out that we as employees are not allowed to defend ourselves whenever a case comes to light and the public knows about it. Due to policy (which I also think parts of could use some updating) we have to sit back and take it. I believe that this mandated silence on our part is hurting us. I always hear nothing but negativity. Nobody ever showcases our successes, which is unfortunate because we actually have more successes than failures, believe it or not. I hear all of this talk about taxpayer money paying the workers and they should be doing their jobs and what have you. Do you know what it's like to have twenty plus cases with up to eighty children at times? To have to make sure you see those kids face to face every four weeks? We barely have time for our own families and I myself have put off having children so I can devote most of my time and attention to the kids on my cases. I won't make excuses for the agancy because, as I said before, mistakes have been made. Sometimes these mistakes have cost children their lives and if I could give my life for one child to have theirs back, I would do it in a heartbeat. Please don't think all workers don't do their jobs. Most of us do, but there are always a few "bad apples" that don't. It all comes down to a lack of resources. When we have over 11,000 children in DHS custody and only about 7,000 beds across the state, that leaves us in a really crappy position. We desperately need more qualified foster homes. We also need workers to understand when it's appropriate to take children out of a home and when it's not. If some of these unnecessary removals would cease, we would have more bed space for the kids that really need to be removed. All in all, it's a sad situation. I wish every single day that I could go into the office and be sent home because there was no longer a need for me. That there were actually no kids in custody, that DHS was officially out of business. Sadly, that is not the case and I am certain it never will be. I just want everyone to know that there are workers out there who care and there is a new generation of us coming up that truly want to change things. I know I am.
yes, i know of a handful of people that work for the system, but there are things that these sorry workers can do to make things easier for everyone involved. it seems that the courts and dhs thinks that the mother just because she carries the child till birth should be bound with it forever when in reality the father can provide better financially, and emotionally than the mother and the system will work harder to put that child back into the hands of the mother even when the mother is a threat to them. i have tried to understand the overload but when you try to do things unlawful to help reunite someone that doesn't need to be then hey, you get a bad rap...

Since: Jun 09

Pampa, TX

#127 Jul 17, 2009
Folks, I was run over by ODHS big time and was out big bucks in attorney fees and for no reason.
Anyway, at the time we did not know about an organization that handles messes like this until it was all over, well, as all over as it can get anyway.

I can not swear to you that they can be of any help to you in your particular case but if not it could be that they can suggest someone who can. I think they have 11 offices in Oklahoma. It sounds as if they work to enforce the idea that DHS just cant treat people the way they do and get away with it.

I overheard a radio program late at night which faded in and out and it sounds like they do what you folks need help with. I know nothing about fees, or cases they won't handle, office locations, room for another case, etc.

You can call 1-800-407-9302 or write to Mr. Craig Riffel, PO Box 5557, Enid, OK 73702

It sure would be nice if anyone contacts them and/or does any business with them, if they would let me know how it went.

Good Luck. Be patient, they just want it to Look like it is the end of the world for you.
jo jo

Pampa, TX

#128 Jul 18, 2009
peasoup wrote:
Folks, I was run over by ODHS big time and was out big bucks in attorney fees and for no reason.
Anyway, at the time we did not know about an organization that handles messes like this until it was all over, well, as all over as it can get anyway.
I can not swear to you that they can be of any help to you in your particular case but if not it could be that they can suggest someone who can. I think they have 11 offices in Oklahoma. It sounds as if they work to enforce the idea that DHS just cant treat people the way they do and get away with it.
I overheard a radio program late at night which faded in and out and it sounds like they do what you folks need help with. I know nothing about fees, or cases they won't handle, office locations, room for another case, etc.
You can call 1-800-407-9302 or write to Mr. Craig Riffel, PO Box 5557, Enid, OK 73702
It sure would be nice if anyone contacts them and/or does any business with them, if they would let me know how it went.
Good Luck. Be patient, they just want it to Look like it is the end of the world for you.
thanks for the info. after reading some of these stories and hearing from others i know that all dhs wants to do is get the kids out of their care and they don't care who ends up with them even if it means they are put in arms way. funny how they are so quick to jump in there and yank them out of the home but want to quickly put them back.
apple jack

Pampa, TX

#129 Jul 18, 2009
Kathie Briggs wrote:
To many children have been failed and we need to demand change and that is what this lawsuit can bring. It shames me that Oklahoma is number one for child abuse and neglect deaths. They were put on notice years ago that there was a problem and the numbers show there is no improvement.
I lost my granddaughter, Kelsey Briggs, after months of documented abuse and several court hearings. She was placed back in the mothers/stepdads home and was murdered four months later. Her spirit had disappeared and her physical condition was declining. This was brought to the attention of DHS several times. They saw her on a regular basis, but yet did nothing.
We have to help the children that still live in fear and still have a chance. We have a group that actively works to bring awareness to this growing epidemic. I invite you to be a part of this group. We have a kickoff rally at the Capitol on Feb. 21st at 1:00pm on the first floor.
If you have a story you would like to share feel free to post it. www.kelseyspurpose.org Many people are coming forward since the lawsuit was filed. It seems we have only touched on the problems. We have to many good people in this state, including DHS workers and foster parents and they need the changes so they can properly care for the children.
i was saddened to hear about your loss. I too hav grandchildren that have been placed into dhs custody due to negligence of a mother due to a live-in boyfriend. dhs has fought hard and even coached the mother into trying to reunite these grandchildren back with her although the father hasn't done anything to harm the children but has been put on unsupervised visits and each time the judge requests things for him to complete before next court date and he does that. next court date he once again is denied the visits until another request is made. Big joke... Three months the mother will probably recieve full custody when she took a plea bargain for a 3 year probabtion for her involvement. The plea bargain was for her to not hav any contact with the ex-boyfriend but she violated this order and he visited her home and she filed a battery charge against him but still the courts and dhs thinks the children should still be placed with the mom. How sick is this. other allegations hav come up and been brought to court but she denies it and of course since she is a female they say she is telling the truth and everyone else is not. these workers should be investigated before allowing them to have control of other peoples children. the system sucks. When you go to court the judge don't allow you to talk although she is allowed to speak out any time she chooses along with her attorney and the dhs workers and d.a. always speaks for her behalf. she doesn't even have to do anything to help her case cause she knows the case is already won for her. Family and friends who have worked for dhs that quit their jobs because the way they handle situations.

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