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I can't help but wonder if the people that have voted "No" on the current question of the week are people that were not parenting appropriately and Social Services was forced to step in and make decisions that the "parents" didn't like.
The Moffat County DSS is a really incredible agency. The crimes that the caseworkers have to investigate are horrific. Yes... even in our little town. The people who are running around creating bad feelings about the department need to look around and see the good that these hard-working, under-appreciated, under-paid people are doing.
As my Mom used to say, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
And, if you HAVE to say something... talk to your senator or congressman. They are the ones who make the changes. All of the bad-mouthing that has gone on in the newspaper and between agencies just creates problems.
First off, this site cannot be voted on twice from the same computer address even when different people are wanting to vote. One vote per computer address. In my opinion, the community's response to social services is evidence enough for the county commissioners to terminate the leadership at social sevices in Moffat county. If the commisioners choose to sit on this one, they may not be up for reelection. Please, commissioners, if you read this, grow a spine and do what should have been done years ago. The citizens of moffat county are tired of the inconsistent and narcissistic leadership present at DSS. This is not a letter from some scorned parent, rather an anonymous professional who has sat by and witnessed many attrocities at the hands of DSS for way too long.
To our commissioners, as businessmen and I was wondering if you...
Would you allow your business to be run by a manager who regularly demonstrates incompetence, negligence and consistent votes of "no confidence" by your customers and market?
Would you continue to employ a manager who brought sanctions or penalties to your company from a regulatory board?
Would you accept an action plan for addressing the problems by training the manager's subordinates?
I guess you would, because you are. I will be using my vote in the next election to demonstrate my committment to these kids and familes, and I encourage everyone who cares about kids to do the same.
The lack of knowledge expressed here frightens me. People, quit being sheep. If you want to make an informed choice, don't act off of impulse, do your research. The information printed in the paper is only a small part of the big picture. Throughout the state of Colorado, MoCo rated in the top 7 counties in the state for compliance. Before you criticize and tear apart the people who are doing the job nobody wants to do, do your homework. Moffat County is doing a really good job.
trout2k - I'm sorry the people at DSS won't let you boss them around and do what you want them to. There are laws that have to be followed and you don't have to agree with them, but you do have to abide by them. If you have a problem with what the law says, take it to the elected officials who can make a change. Don't sit back and stir the pot and make things worse.
grabken - Do some research... do your homework. Find out why the action plan addresses training issues. Look at the previous reports and read thoroughly the audit done in March 2007. The audit that was done AFTER the one that started all of this contention.
Do some research - find out who the people were that headed the audit the end of '06. Find out what their job descriptions are. I guarantee if you do your research you'll learn things you weren't aware of. Read the audits done by the 12/06 group in other counties.
It's sad that in our small town people would rather place blame and demand immediate change without looking at the positive or at the very least with only partial knowledge on the subject. Wake up, grow up, and help make our community function better.
native - Yes, there were problems found. Audit any government agency and there are problems. The action plan addresses those problems. I would love to see an audit of the audit. The people who are tearing apart DSS would be surprised at the findings.
Just and FYI - I am not employed by DSS or Moffat county. I am just an informed individual who refuses to take what the paper or other media outlet feeds me at face value. I HAVE done my homework. I wish more people would.
I spent the morning researching on the Colorado Child Welfare's web page. It looks like it is not just this county. Go here to read the reports from other counties:
None of the reviewed counties seem to be doing well.
Also I found that Colorado was reviewed in 2002 and was not in compliance with national standards. That report is found here:
"Colorado did not achieve substantial conformity with six of the seven safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes. "
The report has a lot of other information in it. Definately interesting to read.
It also looks like Colorado was reviewed to see if they were in compliance and are still not in compliance with national expectations.
Colorado's Child Welfare page says:
"We are a state supervised, county administered system."
It looks like there are problems with the leadership at the State Level.
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