NH families are requesting an audit of NH DHHS/DCYF. A list of points has been put together by NH families to show how much an audit is duly warranted in this state.
1) thorough investigation of skillset/mindset/educational backgrounds/experience of the NH DCYF caseworkers, supervisors and subcontracted staff, to determine if NH DCYF staff (and subcontracted staff) are capable of the determinations that they make for children taken into NH DCYF custody and of the decisions regarding the families of those children
2) indepth investigation of the actions of NH DCYF caseworkers,supervisors, lawyers and subcontracted staff upon taking *children away from their families and placing the children* into "protective custody," and proof that the child in NH DCYF custody is kept safe and that all actions of NH DCYF are soley in the best interest of the child, instead of in the best interest of NH DCYF staff.
3) an in-depth investigation to study the damages that NH DCYF has caused to children and their families, resulting from NH DCYF allegations of parents and families of the children/youth in "protective custody"
3A) That a yearly clinical study needs to be done on each child that NH DCYF takes into custody and places outside of the family to assess the damage and trauma the child has suffered while in DCYF custody, until the child reaches 18 years of age (21 years of age for disabled children) or until DCYF returns the child to his/her family, which almost never happens
4) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's failure to ensure continued proper assessment and medical/mental health treatment of the children in the system
5) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's failure to place children with relatives prior to placing children in foster homes
6) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's actions to abuse their authority within the NH judicial system, legal, healthcare, medical and school system (this includes and is not limited to: stalling court ordered testing of a child in NH DCYF custody, stalling homestudies, stalling homestudy results and incomplete home studies in order to keep a child in NH DCYF custody, gaining further power via abusing exparte hearings to make false allegations against a parent/family of a child taken into NH DCYF custody, abusing their authority to access medical and healthcare records of a child (or of the child's family) prior to being taken into NH DCYF custody, NH DCYF caseworkers influencing healthcare and medical professionals in order to obtain a slanted 2nd opinion or what should have been a neutral professional opinion, NH DCYF abusing their power to cover up a child's special needs in order to create a false picture that the child is making progress while in NH DCYF custody when in fact the child is not making progress, delaying the child's IEP testing, etc ) and medicating foster children with psychiatric medication for violent behavior, without the parents consent. Behavior the child never experienced until taken from his/her family.
6A) an indepth investigation as to actions and influence of NH DYCF regarding the result/finding of homestudies and the decision/denial of homestudy appeals filed by families to the Administrative Appeals Unit
7) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's actions that failed to follow court orders. IE: court ordered visitation, acting within the timeframes as required by law for any and all actions and decisions regarding children in the system as well as the families of those children
8) an in-depth investigation to study allegations made by NH DCYF's staff to schools, medical professionals, health care professionals, relatives, etc about parents/families of children in NH DCYF custody
9) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's falsifying any type of document and withholding evidence that might be a contradiction of such NH DCYF false allegations and might clear the parent/family of the false allegations made by NH DCYF: This includes and is not limited to: falsifying information on birth certificates in order to promote adoption of a child in NH DCYF custody, false statements and manipulation of facts in order to take a child into NH DCYF custody, false statements in order to obtain social security monies, false statements in order to gain further federal or state monies and false statements to Judges without proof of allegations in order to remove a child from their parents.
10) an in-depth investigation to study how monies were obtained by NH DCYF from the families of the children in protective custody and an audit to the penny of all monies spent by NH DCYF/NH DHHS
11) an in-depth investigation to study the extent of NH DCYF's "double billing" to gain additional funding from the Government, from the State and from families of children in NH DCYF custody
12) an in-depth investigation for a complete audit that will include how every penny of foster care monies was spent on each child in NH DCYF custody
13) an in-depth investigation for determination of financial damages caused by NH
DCYF to the families of those children taken fraudalently by NH DCYF
14) an in-depth investigation for determination of physical, social, psychological, emotional damages caused to the children and to the families of children in NH DCYF custody
15) an in-depth investigation for determination of the extent that NH DCYF has alienated children from their families, including the extent that NH DCYF has alienated the parent from the child in NH DCYF custody
16) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's actions as abuse and neglect of children in NH DCYF's custody (IE: as those children were and are entitled to freedom to practice the same religion that they practiced prior to being taken into NH DCYF custody, children who were not considered to be placed with relatives instead of being placed into foster care, children who were denied the right to prompt IEP testing within the allotted timeframe from the moment that IEP testing was requested of NH DCYF in writing by the guardian or parent of the child in NH DCYF custody, prompt and proper evaluation and treatment of mental, physical and psychiatric illness of the children in NH DCYF custody, and an indepth review of the medications that were given to the children in NH DCYF custody with a full explanation as to the reason for each medication given, the right of the child to spend time with their family, the social and emotional and physical trauma or injury caused to the child as a direct result of the child being taken into NH DCYF custody: this includes and is not limited to: children placed in foster care or in other settings, any bruises, open skin areas, broken bones, fall/accidents, hospitalizations, broken teeth, signs/symptoms of anxiety or depression including suicide attempts of each and every child during the time that the child is in NH DCYF custody)
17) an indepth investigation to determine if NH DCYF has acted on behalf or in violation of our constitution
18) an indepth look at NH DCYF's actions to determine whether NH DCYF has followed or violated their own mission statement: including determination of how NH DCYF has "reunified families", (if any) in a timely manner and in the least traumatic way for the children, youth and families that they are "supposed" to be servicing,
18A) an indepth investigation as to how many families have been reunified by NH DCYF within the last five years,
18B) an indepth investigation as to how many parent's rights were terminated in NH within a five year period and how many TPR's(termination of parental rights) were filed by NH DCYF within that five year period
18C) an indepth investigation to determine if NH DCYF has violated federal law via the manner in which NH DCYF takes children into the system, via the manner in which NH DCYF gains further legal power through the use of exparte hearings, via tampering with documents, via falsifying documents, illegally gaining access to information such as medical and health information without full consent and full knowledge of the child's parent/guardian during the time that NH DCYF doesn't have full custody, via stalling documents and testing in order to stall for time within the legal system in order to keep a child in NH DCYF custody
19) an in-depth investigation to study NH DCYF's actions to determine what extent NH DCYF has acted outside of the scope of their usual practice or their Administrative Rules (IE: slandering any families of children in the system, practicing medicine without a license, stalking families, delaying testing/evaluations of the children in NH DCYF custody, tampering/manipulating evidence and truths in order to obtain physical custody of a child, denial of family homestudies of children in NH DCYF custody in order to keep the child in foster care instead of relative placement, tampering with birth certificates as a means to adopt a child to different family, terminating parental rights without just cause, denying families their parental rights when the parental rights have not been terminated, dating family members/having romantic relationships with families of children in the system, and forceful separations of married couples, and other unethical and inappropriate behaviors
20) an indepth investigation as to financial costs to the people of NH for each NH DCYF allegation (which includes and is not limited to, court costs, transportation costs) and to the financial gains that NH DCYF/NH DHHS makes for each child that they take into NH DCYF custody.
21) An indepth investigation of DCYF files showing services given to the number of at-risk families before the removal of a child within a five year period and how many children were removed due to DCYF's allegation's of the child being in imminent danger
21A) What pertains to imminent danger and how many children have been removed from their families in the last five years for anticipated "Neglect in the Future"
22) an indepth investigation as to the amount of federal money being paid to DCYF for the removal for each child compared to the amount of money paid for each family kept together
And request that there be specific requirements for NH DCYF caseworkers and staff who directly work with children in NH DCYF custody and their families (to include parent aids) as there are for doctors, nurses, health aids.
These specific requirements are to include a professional conduct code for each level of staff, specific levels of education for each level of staff (including ongoing training to work with children youth and families), professional licensure codes and professional and licensure accountability of biased or falsified information for all NH DCYF staff and all NH DCYF subcontracted staff who have direct or indirect contact/work with the children in NH DCYF custody or their families (this would include parent aids also).
Request that NH DCYF be made to correct their wrongdoings, return children promptly to their families as soon as there is evidence that contradicts the allegations made by NH DCYF staff, that NH DCYF be required to financially compensate each child/youth/family whom NH DCYF has traumatized, injured, abused, neglected, slandered. NH DCYF must be required to compensate each parent for the loss of job, loss of home, all physical and emotional insults and injuries caused by NH DCYF staff for practicing outside of the scope of their practice, for obtaining privately protected health and medical information without the consent of the child's parent/guardian, for each false statement made about a family member, for each failure to keep the child in safe environment that is most appropriate for the child's needs, financial compensation for failure to ensure that a child in NH DCYF custody be allowed their Constitutional rights, financial compensation for failure to promptly assess, and ensure appropriate diagnosis and treatment of a child in NH DCYF custody.
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