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Families Demand Federal Investigation of Montana Family Services

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The Citizens/Families and lawmakers of the State of Montana are demanding the Federal Department of Health and Human Services Region 8 in Denver Colorado to launch a Federal Audit and Investigation into the practices of the State of Montana DPHHS/CSFD Division, based upon numerous complaints of corruption, fraud, threats, extracting children for monetary gain, unreasonable delays and child trafficking.

A recent (Partial) internal State Audit revealed that in over 300 cases randomly chosen and investigated, 78 Percent were found to be lacking the proper investigations, documentation or necessary paperwork to justify the extractions of Montana children statewide. Only a mere 7 Percent were deemed (Substantiated,) yet testimony by the public at this Hearing on November 4, 2015, showed that this 7 percent is, "Highly questionable," and likely much lower to meet the criteria for removal of children.

The (Mission Goal of Reunification, or Kinship placement by (CFSD,) in Montana is rarely achieved by the Montana CFSD. Laws which govern the time allotted for Temporary Investigative Authority are ignored, often exceeding a year, often more. Meanwhile, the children are being forced to live in Foster Care homes where even more abuse occurs than would have with the biological parents, or relatives. Montana currently has over 2,700 children in Foster Care with only 1,023,579 residents, which far exceeds National Statistics. Montana currently has .27 Percent of it's population, (Children,) extracted by CFSD and is making an abnormally high profit in doing such. In fact, each Child extraction yields $7,000 from Washington D.C, for just the (Current Extractions.) This doesn't include the (3 dollars for every 1 dollar) CFSD gets from Washington D.C. by keeping children separated from their loved ones for unhealthy, often abusive and corrupt decisions by CFSD.

The CFSD furthermore(Refuses) to talk to, or allow, (ANY) previous Licensed Providers (ANY input) in its investigations and is using an (Approved Providers List,) exclusively. Even some of the approved providers, who take a stand against a bad CFSD decision are threatened with removal of their State License to practice, unless they do what CFSD tells them to do. Additionally, CFSD's refusal to adherence of Federal Law governing the Native American Tribes, (ICWA,) is equally as staggering. Tribes are not being notified in a timely manner, or not at all, when children are extracted, then they are placed in non-native Foster Care homes off the Reservations. Meanwhile CFSD is raking in the Profits, thus keeping the monies due to the Tribes as well as refusing to return their children.

We The People, of the State of Montana firmly attest, that the situation is, (Out of Control,) and that the CFSD is using our young as (Cash for Profit,) trafficking and threatening any family who takes a stand against them. Numerous News Articles and Television Media Reports are documenting these alarming reports of misconduct by the Montana DPHHS/CFSD. We Need Your Help to STOP this before one more child dies under CFSD. There's been plenty.

We are beseeching the Federal DPHHS Region 8, and, the Federal DPHHS of Washington D.C to launch a full scale Investigation into Montana DPHHS/CFSD.

This Petition WILL be sent to the following recipients:

Laurie Konsella OASH Regional Director Fed. DPHHS Region 8 Denver,Co. 1961 Stout St. 08-148 Denver, Co. 80294.       

(303) 844- 3372                                                           

Marilyn Kennerson ACF Administration Fed.DPHHS  (Child/Family Services).                                                                                                                                              Phone# (303) 844-1163 (Direct Line)

Tim Kohen Fed. DPHHS (Children Services/ Denver Region 8).               

(303) 844-1209

Federal Department of Public Health and Human Services Washington D.C.                    200  Independence Ave. South West Washington, D.C. 20201          

(877) 896-6775             




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