In this second installment of our series on Kansas’ Department for Children and Families, we examine the case against Floyd and Jamie Williams.
Two years ago, Floyd and Jamie had their 9 children removed from their custody by DCF because Jamie swatted her teenage daughter on the leg with a broom after the daughter cursed at her over an argument over household chores. There was no bruising as a result of this action, but the daughter did report the incident when she went to school.
As a result, the police came to the Williams’ home, and to the children’s schools and took them into custody.
At that time, Floyd had been working for Coleman for three years. Presently, Jamie has been employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken, where she is a manager, for nine years. Floyd lost his job at Coleman due to emotional distress, shortly after DCF took the children.
The Williams owned a nice home in Andover, nice cars, and were a self-sustaining family receiving no financial assistance through the state. After two years of fighting to regain custody of their children, the Williams family has lost their home, lost their vehicles, furniture, and virtually everything they own, due to attorney fees and child support payments they are required to make to pay a foster parent to care for their children.
Floyd and Jamie do not have a history of substance abuse, they do not have criminal records, and the only substantiated allegation against them is the single swat to the leg with a broom, which did not leave a bruise on the child.
Yet, DCF has deemed them to be unfit parents and is using financial pressure to convince Floyd and Jamie to sign over their parental rights, permanently.
Currently, Floyd and Jamie are required to pay $2,800 each month for child support, but they only bring home $2,600, due to Floyd losing his job. DCF has told the Williams that if they want the child support to stop, they just need to sign over their rights to their own children.
The Williams’ attorney withdrew from the case because Floyd and Jamie could no longer afford to pay for the legal services.
Most of the money Floyd and Jamie are paying to the state is being distributed to the foster mother, Carlene Adams, who does not have a job, and makes her living solely by caring for seven of Floyd and Jamie’s children. The exact amount that Adams is paid each month is estimated to be around $7,000.
Initially, the state took custody of 8 children in this case. After their children were taken, Floyd and Jamie had a ninth child, and DCF took their infant five days after she was born. This same foster mother, Adams, neglected that infant, who now wears a helmet due to being left laying on her back for extended periods of time, which flattened her head.
Adams, on her Facebook page, cites caring for the Williams’ children as her job, as if being a foster parent is supposed to be a form of employment.
Adams has told the Williams’ children that if they stay with her they will have their own ponies.
On March 27th of this year, Adams posted a crowd funding account in an attempt to collect donations for the care of Floyd and Jamie’s children. The account has since been removed, and the amount of money Adams was able to raise is unknown.
Since the state took Floyd and Jamie’s children, all of the kids, with the exception of the infant, have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome, and they are all on sleeping medication, including their five-year-old.
The Williams have been financially devastated, having sold everything they own so that they could pay their attorney, and so they could pay this Carlene Adams to sit at home and care for their children.
Floyd and Jamie will go to court this Wednesday, December 9, at 8:00 am, at 201 W. Pine Avenue in El Dorado, to fight against the state which is attempting to force the Williams to sign over their parental rights. They have asked that the public attend this hearing.