When Nicole called Kansas’ Department for Children and Families to report the father of her children for neglect, she never expected that she herself would eventually end up in the agency’s cross-hairs.
The story, according to Nicole:
In May of 2013, when Nicole went to pick up her two young daughters from their father’s home, she found the girls, ages five and ten at that time, in appalling conditions. These pictures, which she took at that time, show marijuana and cigarette butts/ashes on the dresser in the bedroom belonging to Nicole’s five-year-old, as well as cat feces on the floor and near the children’s toys:
DCF in Sedgwick County opened a case on the father, placed the children in Nicole’s custody, and were set to close that case in December of 2013. All of that changed when, on November 28, Nicole received a call from a St. Francis worker. St. Francis Child Services is a private foster care organization that DCF uses to place children.
The St. Francis worker told Nicole that DCF had received information showing that Nicole was pregnant with another child, and had recently applied for WIC benefits, and that they would need to have a meeting.
At that meeting, DCF informed Nicole that they would not be closing her case, took her two daughters from her, and placed them back in the care of the father, who had kept the children in the above documented conditions. Nicole was granted weekly visits.
The DCF worker, Thursa Jarvis, aka Thursa Weier, told Nicole that her children were being taken from her because the father of the child she was currently pregnant with had a drug charge from 2007, and that he had not paid the related fines.
When Nicole reached 16 weeks in her pregnancy, Thursa, the DCF worker, began pressuring her to tell DCF the sex of the baby. Nicole refused to divulge this information. DCF also repeatedly questioned Nicole about her boyfriend’s children from a previous relationship, wanting to know if his children were blonde-haired and blue-eyed like Nicole’s were.
When Nicole refused to answer these questions, Thursa revoked her visitation privileges, and would only allow supervised visits at the father’s discretion, and with the father as the supervisor. Again, this is the same father who provided the atrocious living conditions seen above. As a result, Nicole did not see her children for months.
Once Nicole’s daughters were removed from her custody, Thursa began following Nicole, and sitting outside her home for hours at a time. In March of 2014, Nicole received an inheritance, and used the money to hire an attorney.
The attorney arranged a meeting between Nicole and DCF. In that meeting, Thursa continued her questions about the sex of Nicole’s baby, and about the hair and eye color of her boyfriend’s children.
At one point, Nicole’s attorney stopped the meeting, took her outside, and told her that she should not give Thursa this information, and that the situation sounded like a Faithbuilders scam.
Faithbuilders is a private foster care organization that the state contracts with. Faithbuilders was investigated for a myriad of allegations involving improper practices, and of having undue influence over DCF’s decisions.
That investigation concluded that Faithbuilders did have undue influence, and faulted Wichita DCF workers for giving Faithbuilders access to confidential information. DCF says that several case workers were disciplined, but did not reveal how many workers were involved, or how they were disciplined.
After the meeting with Nicole’s attorney and DCF, Thursa continued to sit outside Nicole’s home. On one occasion, Nicole’s boyfriend stepped outside to speak with a friend, and police officers immediately arrested him.
Nicole, shocked, came outside to ask what was going on, and the officers told her that Thursa had called them to report that her boyfriend was beating her with a baseball bat. At that time, Thursa came walking up, laughing, and told Nicole, “we are going to get that baby”.
After this incident, Nicole packed up her belongings and moved to Reno County, fleeing the harassment she had endured from this social worker.
After completing the requirements set by Reno County’s DCF workers, Nicole was supposed to regain custody of her daughters, but their father ended moving away, and she only regained custody of her eldest daughter. For some unknown reason, the father still has Nicole’s youngest daughter, even though he is not that child’s biological parent.
DCF has not contacted Nicole since August of 2015.
Editor’s note: If DCF chooses to start harassing Nicole again, as retaliation for this story, Kansas Exposed will make it our mission to ensure that the whole world knows the names, addresses, finances, personal histories, and other personal information of the workers involved, beginning with Thursa A. Jarvis/Weier, D.O.B. 03/26/1974.