The removal of Paula Holtsclaw from the position of DSS Director of Mitchell County.

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Mitchell County friends and those impacted by Mitchell County legislation, we currently have a petition for the removal of Paula Holtsclaw as director of DSS. We are forwarding this to the local representative and governor. If you are aware of the negative, illegal, and compromising actions occurring at this DSS regarding the mishandling and negligence of cases involving the safety of children in the county and do not agree with it, please sign this petition.

Many members have come together to share their experiences with this department and Paula Holtsclaw has been found as the common factor in all of these. Those experiences are noted by many who have signed the petition. We have done our part in reaching out to county commissioners who took control of the department last year due to known issues. When they did nothing and claimed they had no ability to hold Paula accountable we then contacted the local representative, state DSS office, governor’s office, and the state audit department. We learned that many of our issues including breach of confidentiality, lack of appropriate and required notification and communication, and overall admitted mishandling of our claim has been a continuing issue endangering more and more children.

We have been advised on more than one occasion that the only way we can expect action from the county or the state is to draw media attention and file a lawsuit. We are not doing this for any other reason than to ensure the safety of current and future children in our community. We are all responsible to hold our officials accountable, and no one is above the law.

Mitchell County DSS has wronged many families and children. It is time for the community to stand up for these children. The social workers and director of the Mitchell County DSS need to follow the law and not abuse their power. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to remove Paula Holtsclaw from the position of DSS Director, and an investigation into the procedures of current employees to be conducted.

Social workers are sharing confidential information, children are being removed from qualified homes while others are staying in unsafe ones. Policies and procedures are not being followed, and training to rectify this situation is not being done. Documents are being altered and falsified while the social workers lie in court.

If you are aware of the negative, illegal, and compromising actions occurring at this DSS regarding the mishandling and negligence of cases involving the safety of children in the county and do not agree with it, we encourage you to please sign this petition. Share your voice!



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