I am THRILLED to see this making its way around the news today....
Iowa social worker out after false testimony in custody case
"..... Gray delivered fabricated reports and trial testimony that helped convince a judge to terminate the legal rights of the mother and father of four northern Iowa children, District Associate Judge Adam Sauer ruled on June 12. The judge said Gray's testimony was riddled with "lies and misrepresentations."The case came as Iowa DHS social workers were under fire for failing to stop child abuse in some high-profile cases, including two teenage girls who died under the care of their adoptive parents.Gray, who had served as the case manager for the family, claimed that she attended monthly visits with them as required by DHS policy but failed to do so, Sauer found.Gray also claimed to have spoken with the kids' teachers regarding troubling behaviors they were exhibiting at school. The teachers later said they were never contacted by Gray, and Sauer ruled that "that false testimony is of grave concern." Gray also gave false information about whether the mother had complied with the terms of her probation and tested positive for drugs.In a ruling last year stripping the parents of their rights, Judge Gregg Rosenbladt credited Gray's testimony as "very credible," unbiased and persuasive in her recommendation to place the children in foster care."
I hope (hope hope hope) this is just the tip of the iceberg on doing checks and balances on the social workers that have been given so much power over peoples lives and often abuse that power with lies and fabricated paperwork.
I remember a story that was in the news probably 20 years ago about a family that had their infant taken away from them after she fell off their bed. A simple accident that resulted in the baby and their two other children being taken from them and it took them a year of fighting the system to get their baby back. (They were interviewed the local news in that city, and it showed so many holes, lies and a long paperwork trail that made it impossible for swift, honest action). That was the first time I ever realized that social workers weren't upstanding, honest people.
Since then, every couple years I fall down the rabbit hole of stories, news articles, blogs, forums and message boards of families devastated by a very, very broken system.... seeing a story like this where someone finally has proof that this woman LIED UNDER OATH and fabricated reports, paperwork and interviews is a ray of sunshine. I hope it changes the unquestionable power people affiliated with DHS have to ruin lives without any checks and balances being done to ensure the truth is being presented honestly and fairly.