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An Act establishing an interim study committee relating to child welfare.
Iowa code 232.
This study seeks to :
- Reduce the number of children in state care
- Respect and preserve the Constitutional and natural rights of children and their families of origin.
- Clearly define the department's role under the executive branch. By removing it’s quasi law enforcement agency status.
- Promote uniformity in determining whether state intervention in the affairs of children and their families is necessary and when there is a need for intervention the policies and procedures to be used once a family has been engaged.
- Promote harm reduction and reduce emotional and mental trauma to children and their families. We have and can clearly recognize that separating children from their parents can create not only acute mental and emotional traumas, but also have long lasting effects that many times become an explanation for crimes and addictions.
- Promote integrity and confidence the courts
- Reduce cost to the state in terms of care for children in the states custody
- Promote family preservation and Stabilization
- Reduce weaponization of the department of human services
- Create more pathways to reunification.
- Accountability and bring Iowa into alignment with the family first act of 2018
- Create and address oversight of Foster and adoptive parents
- Create and recognize a foster and adoptive children’s bill of rights.
- Enforcement of penalties for criminal behavior such as making false reports, obstruction of justice, fraud upon the court and perjury
- Human Resources
- Adoption and Foster Agencies
- Juvenile Corrections
- Local & State Police Departments
- Schools for all ages and curriculums
- Counselors, psychologists, and other medical professionals
- Family Members,
- Friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division,
- Local Churches,
- Homeless Shelters, or other service agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need.
The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments, and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN.
It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.
Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:
1. President, Donald Trump
2. Iowa NAACP
2. Iowa ACLU
3. Dr. Linda Nelson
4. Charles Palmer Former Director DHS
5. Vern Armstrong DHS
6. Wendi Rickman DHS
7. President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
8. Attorney Connie Reguli
9. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
10. Former Gov. of West Virginia, Garry Johnson
11. Former Congressman David Young
12. House of Representatives Oversight Committee
13. Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
14. Diane Dornburg ISBA
15. Iowa Citizen For Justice
16. Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos
17. The Iowa Supreme Court
18. Iowa Fathers Association
19. Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
20. Attorney Kerry Finley
21. Attorney Daniel Herting
22. Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
23. Representative Bobby Kaufmann
24. Former Representative Dan Kelly
25. Representative John Forbes
26. Representative Timi Brown-Powers
27. Representative Liz Bennett
28. Former Representative Ken Rizer
28. Former Representative Walt Rodgers
29. Representative Chris Hagenow
30. Representative Mary Wolfe
31. Representative Deborah Barry
32. Senator Ted Cruz
33. Senator Rick Santorum
34. Senator Rand Paul
35. Senator Joni Ernst
36. Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley
37. President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fidler
38. TV host, John Harvey
39. Representative Ako Abdul-Samad
40. Former Representative Chip Baltimore
41. Former Representative Clel Baudler
42. Representative Terry Baxter
43. Representative Brian Best
44. Representative Josh Byrnes
45. Former Representative Peter Cownie
46. Representative Chris Hall
47. Representative David Heaton
48. Former Representative Jake Highfill
49. Representative Steven Holt
50. Representative Jerry Kerry
51. Former Representative Kevin Keoster
52. Representative Zach Nunn
53. Representative Rick Olson
54. Representative Sandy Salmon
55. Representative Mike Sexton
56. Representative Mark Smith
57. Representative Art Staed
58. Former Representative Sally Stutsman
59. Former Representative Rob Taylor
60. Former Representative Ralph Watts
61. Attorney Tom Feigen
62. Desmund Adams
63. Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
64. President of IFPP-lowa Family Preservation Project,
65. L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
66. Asian & Latino Coalition
67. Renaissance Center of Iowa
68. Family Leader
69. Sherry Palmer- PHD
70. Senator Jason Schultz
71. Former Senator Mike Gronstal
72. Senator Tony Bisignano
73. Former Senator Todd Bowman
74. Charles Schneider
75. Senator Brad Zaun
76. Former Senator Dick Dearden
77. Senator Jeff Danielson
78. Senator Robert Hogg
79. Senator Pam Jochim
80. Senator Liz Mathis
81. Senator Janet Petersen
82. Senator Amy Sinclair
83. Former Senator Steve Sodders
84. Senator Rich Taylor
85. Senator Jack Whitver
86. Various Spiritual leaders throughout Iowa
87. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
88. Missouri Gov. Nixon
89. Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
90. Jerry Foxhoven, Iowa DHS
91. Representative Abby Finkenauer
92. Nathaniel Gavronsky
93. Daniel Zeno ACLU
94. Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
95. Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
96. Sharon Steckman Representative
97. Harold Colman – Iowa Child Support Recovery Unit
98. Other respected community leaders and organizations and residents all over the state
- The Iowa Medical Association
- Leading Women For Shared Parenting
- National Parents Organization
- Americans For Equal Shared Parenting
- The Fathers Rights Movement-TFRM
- Fix Family Courts USA
- Family Court Reform USA
- Restoring Freedom USA
No known opposition at this time
1 An Act establishing an interim study committee relating to child welfare.
Section 1. LEGISLATIVE INTERIM STUDY COMMITTEE —— CHILD
1. The legislative council is requested to establish an
interim study committee to comprehensively review and evaluate
the state’s child welfare system.
2. The committee shall solicit and receive information from
agencies and entities including but not limited to all of the
a. The department of human services.
b. The judicial branch.
c. The department of education.
d. The recruitment, retention and training agencies and support contractors.
e. Law enforcement agencies.
f. Non-profit adoption agency.
g. Family Advocacy Non-Profits
3. The interim committee’s evaluation and review shall
include but is not limited to a review of the protocols and
practices relating to the child abuse reporting, investigation,
and assessment process; the education and training of foster
parents and adoptive parents; the grounds for termination of
parental rights in relation to child abuse and neglect; the
roles of and relationship between the judicial branch, juvenile
court officers, legal representatives, schools, and the department of human services
in relation to child abuse; and the outsourcing of services
provided by the department of human services in relation to the child welfare system.
4. The interim committee shall meet during the 2019
legislative interim and shall submit a report, including findings
and recommendations, to the governor and the general assembly by December 21, 2019. It shall include at least 11 members, one representative from each party, one representative each from categories in Section 2, and 4 members of the public.
5. The committee shall have the power to subpoena relevant people and documents and other necessary information within the scope of the study.
6. The committee may keep confidential the names of employees and others when necessary.
The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with the
explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
This bill requests the legislative council to establish an interim study committee for the 2019 legislative interim.
This bill requires the study committee to comprehensively evaluate
the child abuse reporting, investigation, and assessment
process; the education and training of foster parents and
adoptive parents; the grounds for termination of parental
rights in relation to child abuse and neglect; the roles and
relationship between the judicial branch, juvenile court
officers, schools, and the department of human services in
relation to child abuse; and the outsourcing of services
provided by the department of human services in relation to the
child welfare system.
The bill provides that the committee shall solicit and
receive information from agencies and entities including but
not limited to the department of human services; the judicial
branch; the department of education; the recruitment, retention
and training, and support contractors; law enforcement
agencies; and a nonprofit adoption agency; a nonprofit family advocacy agency.
The bill requires the committee to submit a report, including findings and recommendations,
to the governor and general assembly by December 21, 2019.
The committee shall have the power to subpoena relevant people and documents.
The committee may keep confidential the names of employees and others when necessary.
A BILL FOR
Author ToyA Johnson for Iowa Citizens for Justice and Families United Action Network
An act relating to the abolishment of the Department of Human Services' Child and Dependent Adult Protective Services Unit
An act relating to the Establishment of the Department of Family Stabilization and Preservation
Be it enacted by the general assembly of the State of Iowa
Under Powers of ICA the general assembly, Directs the Governor of the State of Iowa to Establish a Cabinet-Level Family Stabilization and Preservation Division
As the safety of all children and dependent adults and their families in the State of Iowa is of the utmost importance; and that every child and dependent adult has the right to a safe environment, protection from harm and a right to the constitutional provisions of being with natural family.
That the child and dependent adult welfare system in Iowa should promote and prioritize the safety of children, dependent adults and the family or their origin and it should inspire public confidence.
it is necessary to continuously monitor and review the effectiveness of the child welfare system's delivery of services and efficient utilization of resources and consider reforms to enhance child safety when appropriate; and
WHEREAS, the current Iowa child and dependent adult welfare system is broken and is not meeting expectations of prior reform efforts and it is time for significant reform; and
WHEREAS, I.C.A. § requires the Department of Human Services, among other functions, to administer child and dependent welfare services to children, youth, dependent adults and families; and
WHEREAS, Article, Section of the Iowa Constitution and I.C.A. § provide that the Governor shall transact all executive business, supervise the official conduct of all executive officers, and ensure the laws be faithfully executed; and
WHEREAS, I.C.A. § allows for the establishment, abolishment or reorganization of the organizational units within the department in order to carry out the department's statutory functions; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Human Services and the Office of Child Protection Investigations are currently located within the Department of Human Services; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Human Services houses the state child welfare program, including Child Protective Services, Child and Dependent Adult Investigations. foster care, adoption, and the Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Child and dependent adult Investigations is charged with investigating criminal conduct allegations of child abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, states that the Director of the Department of Human Services IS responsible for the direction, operation, and control of the Office of Child and dependent adult Investigations; and
WHEREAS an independent, stand-alone organizational and direct reporting structure for the state child welfare program will ensure the effective delivery of services and efficient utilization of resources, providing appropriate outcomes for children, youth and families through transparency, increased accountability and coordinated service delivery; and
WHEREAS, maintaining operational support for the state child welfare program within the Department of Human Services until a permanent, separate agency is established will allow for maximum administrative and financial efficiency in the short-term.
This legislation is needed to improve Child Safety and the preservation of families. To establish consistent and statewide practices that promote and ensure effective and efficient policies and procedures to address issues associated with intervention of any governmental agency into the private institution of the natural the natural family.
It seeks to establish oversight, accountability, and transparency. This legislation seeks to return criminal investigations back over to the proper law enforcement agency and return the agency to its original purpose, service. It also seeks to provide guidance and enforcement of existing laws to ensure fair and equitable procedures when engaging families and honesty and integrity to the processes of applying for and receiving federal funds.
It also seeks to address the areas of concern of the last Title 4 review requiring the state to implement a plan to address concerns not only from the federal government but the same concerns highlighted in the most recent independent report from the Child Welfare Group.
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- Iowa Child Welfare Review (pdf)
- Child Welfare Outcomes 2015: Executive Summary - Report to Congress
- Risk, Advanced Liberalism and Child Welfare: The Need to Rediscover Uncertainty and Ambiguity
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- The Welfare of Children (Ebook)
- Child Sexual Abuse: A Public Health Perspective
- Re-Thinking Child Welfare Training Models to Achieve Evidence-Based Practices
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