Kansas DCF Fails Families: Rose’s Story


We will be running a series of articles pertaining to issues with Kansas’ Department for Children and Families. Rose Flores’ story will be the first in that series.

Rose Flores is a 45-year-old single mother living in Wichita, Kansas. Rose contacted DCF for help with her oldest child, who is mentally handicapped, and who had been smoking marijuana. Rose thought that DCF could help her get her son under control and on the right path. Rather than providing Rose with assistance in parenting her special needs teenage son, DCF opened an investigation into Rose, as a parent, and took her children into state custody.

DCF's slogan: "Strong families make a strong Kansas".
DCF’s slogan: “Strong families make a strong Kansas”.

In justifying the removal of Rose’s children from her home the state cites several factors, painting Rose as an unfit parent.

In their report, DCF points out that the police have been called to Rose’s home 11 times. What the report omits is that Rose was the person who called 911 on each of those eleven incidents, which stemmed from harassment by the family of her son’s ex-girlfriend. Rose called the police for help, and the state used this against her in court.

DCF also claims that Rose has a “history of domestic violence”. Again, the most relevant information pertaining to this factor was omitted from the report. Rose does not have a criminal record. Rose has never been charged with, or accused of a crime. Rose’s “history of domestic violence” stems from the fact that she was actually the victim of domestic violence, 15 years ago.

DCF says that Rose has a substance abuse problem. Rose is not an addict. Rose has never failed a drug test. Rose has never been arrested on drug charges, or been admitted to a rehabilitation program. The reason DCF says Rose has a substance abuse problem is because Rose was honest with her case worker, Letitia Herrman, and admitted that she does drink alcohol, on occasion.

But in DCF’s report, prepared by Herrman, it simply claims that Rose has a substance abuse problem, a history of domestic violence, and that the police have been called to her home 11 times, without providing any context, details or evidence to support these allegations. And so the state took Rose’s children and placed them in foster care, through St. Francis, a private contractor.

Rose Flores with her daughter.
Rose Flores with her daughter.

While in state’s custody, Rose’s children have been subjected to abuse and neglect. In a supervised visit, one week after the state took the children, Rose’s eight-year-old daughter appeared to be upset. Rose asked her daughter what was wrong, and the child began to cry, and said, “he’s touching me”. Rose asked her who was touching her, and her daughter said it was the foster dad.

Rose’s children have since been removed from that foster home and placed into another, but the foster parent was not charged with a crime, and may still be a foster parent at this time.

Rose’s son, the one she initially called for help with, ran away from the foster home, twice. The second time, the state placed him into the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility, where he was beaten by two other juvenile residents. Rose received a letter from her son, informing her that he had been injured, and that he thought his hand was broken.

At the time of the incident, Rose’s son was not offered medical attention, and it took JDF over two weeks to get the child into an x-ray room, after repeated complaints by Rose, where it was discovered that his hand had been broken. The state has also failed to provide Rose’s son with the medication that he has been prescribed to take, and continues to hold him in the detention facility because they have had trouble finding a more appropriate placement for him.

The Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility failed to provide medical care for Rose's son's broken hand for over two weeks.
The Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility failed to provide medical care for Rose’s son’s broken hand for over two weeks.

Rose has never abused or neglected her children, has never been accused of abusing or neglecting her children, has no criminal record, and is gainfully employed. Rose has kept detailed records of this entire ordeal, showed up for every court date in this case, and has complied with every demand made by the state, yet she still does not have her children. Rose will go to court this Tuesday, December 8th, at 8:00 am, at the Sedgwick County Juvenile Division at 1900 E. Morris, in Wichita, and is asking the public to attend this hearing so her story can be heard.

 

 

17 thoughts on “Kansas DCF Fails Families: Rose’s Story

  1. DCF loves using marijuana as an excuse to kidnap children. This same company doesnt remove children from meth houses or dangerous situations. They take kids from safe environments and place them in foster care for safety, where they become neglected and abused. Corruption in its finest and they use it for legal kidnapping.

    1. Jeffery, please sign this petition to reform DCF laws in KS, and share it with everyone you know, and on social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

      It says that the state should be prohibited from taking custody of any child unless both parents are incarcerated, deceased, missing or willing. No other situation is even conceivably in the best interest of the child.
      https://www.change.org/p/kansas-state-house-stop-the-state-of-kansas-from-unjustified-seizure-of-children

      1. How about a child to a substantiated child molester that lost 2appeals but thanks to lies from DCF and Kvc the child is still with him. 2 girls molested. Mom has one but the system took the other one. I have legal documents showing what transpired , lawyer ,court and police notes. I am ready to fight . I have contacted DCF and Kvc with all my info. They wont respond. I will never stop till the child comes home. All that was done to us was illegal, heinous, damaging, and horrendous. I carry around all the paperwork to show that what I say is the truth. Please call me at 913 850 3551

  2. I personally knew Rose when I worked with her about 15 years ago. She was an amazing mother and lived and breathed for her children. This enrages me and scares me for the safety of everyone’s children!

  3. When my children were in custody in Kansas, my son was placed in the boys home in Pittsburg where he not only got bet up but also got raped by some of the other boys. We went to court and the judge did nothing about this they didn’t move him from there either. He had to stay another 6 weeks until I was able to get him home, where he was safe with me.

  4. When my children were in custody in Kansas, my son was placed in the boys home in Pittsburg where he not only got bet up but also got raped by some of the other boys. We went to court and the judge did nothing about this they didn’t move him from there either. He had to stay another 6 weeks until I was able to get him home, where he was safe with me. I pray Rosa gets her children back soon.

  5. I was put into kansas state custody as a preteen. I entered as a CINC and then soon became a JO. I was conpletely screwed by the system. One placement after another, my schooling was sparatic and completely spread out from one placement to another. I don’t have a clue as to how to get copies of my medical records or mental health records. I aged out of the system with no clue how to survive on my own. I wasn’t taught to budget, how to write a check and at 18 i didn’t know my social security number. No one ever told me i needed to know it. Anyways, i hate to see this article. Makes me sad

    1. May i ask how you are doing now. I know the Williams family and have met Rosa. I have also met Jennifer Winn, who is advocating for them. She is amazing. I do not know what she can do to help you but if your go to jenniferwinnforkansas.com, I think you can leave a message. I am so sorry you had to go thru this. I have become involved in the Williams case, somewhat because of professional reasons and they sought me out. It has become personal and its too long of a story to go into but i encourage you to talk to jennifer if you can as well as get some help. Believe me when I say that you are not alone in your story. There are alot more young people out there that have been devastated by a system that is suppose to help them. however, i can also tell you that not every county and state has a corrupt system like the one you have been thru. You CAN survive this and have a joy filled adulthood. if you have a loving support system to surround yourself with it makes a HUGE difference.

  6. me and my husband are fighting to get our great nephews. we have been fighting this for two and a half years now. we leave in Iowa and want to bring them home. but DCF wants the foster parents to adopt them but we keep pushing on. would love to have the boys home for christmas but that is not going to happen. I wish everyone the best of luck and hope this will open the eyes of our goverment.

    1. Pretty sure i have first hand knowledge of ur case. and i want to take a minute and tell u hat an amazing person u are to do this for ur niece. she has become such an inspriation to many women that have struggled with addiction and is now a great mom to a beautiful little girl. it is to bad the state think they know everything and are destorying this family

  7. Rose, I will keep you all in my prayers. You are an amazing mother and the hard work and commitment you’ve shown for your family should be praised, not punished. I pray your kids will be brought home, where they belong, soon.

  8. Rose was my neighbor at one time and was horrible to her kids. They had no discipline, she would lock them out so she could be with her “boyfriend s”. I fed and cared for her kids more than she did in the time she lived by me.

    1. Of coarse your a hero, right? Thing are not as bad as they may seem when it comes to family issues until you get the think they know it alls without BALLS whom make unnecessary phone CALLS to CPS. FAKE FALSE ATTENTION SEEKING FUCKERS IS ALL YOU ARE… GET A LIFE AND STAY OUT OF OURS. THERE SHOULD BE CHARGES AGAINST PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

  9. I created a petition to reform child welfare laws in the state of KS. I would appreciate everyone’s signature, and if you could all share it with everyone you know, and on social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    In essence, the state should be prohibited from taking custody of any child unless both parents are incarcerated, deceased, missing or willing. No other situation is even conceivably in the best interest of the child.

    Please take a look at it:
    https://www.change.org/p/kansas-state-house-stop-the-state-of-kansas-from-unjustified-seizure-of-children

    Thanks!

  10. my children was taken from me for asking for help with shelter cuz i was in a hotel in Kansas instead they took my children my daughter is still in system they say that children are save well i say bull my daughter has been in 29 diffrent schools in 8 years she has be in fights just for walking into a foster home for first time my child is paying for me asking for help its like shes in jail it is crap

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