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Craighead County DCFS — perfecting the art of taking candy from a baby?

By: 9 January 2011 8 Comments

Here’s a story just brimming with bad behavior and outrageous conduct — a Jonesboro woman claims employees at the Craighead County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) took Christmas presents contributed for orphans, cashed them in and used the money on themselves.

That’s right — read that again a couple of times and see how angry you get. The lady making that claim is Dia Sawyer and you can read all about it here on her blog. Sawyer said she purchased $500 for a couple of orphaned children for clothes, comforters, a digital camera and a remote controlled helicopter. Sawyer, suspicious of monkey business based on past conduct of Craighead County DCFS workers, kept her receipts.

She claims she has evidence the items she bought for the children were returned to the stores from whence they came and exchanged for cash. She further claims the DCFS workers at issue swiped that money and bought personal items for themselves and their families.

KAIT-8 in Jonesboro reports Sawyer’s evidence and allegations were enough to raise eyebrows at the Jonesboro Police Department. According to KAIT, the matter is under investigation by Jonesboro police. The KAIT story states Jonesboro police know the gifts were exchanged for cash and are trying to figure out what, exactly, happened to the money received.

Of course, we at First Arkansas News will let you folks know how that investigation turns out and whether charges are filed. Should Sawyer’s claims be proven, it might be time to consider creating the First Arkansas News Grinch Award to be given away during every Christmas season to those who made the news for behaving badly and generally being jerks.

Now, there’s an idea…

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  • Paul Eilers said:

    As if being a foster child is not tough enough.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Yeah. That’s just a pitiful bit of behavior, isn’t it?

  • Dia Sawyer said:

    It seems that Arkansas DCFS has been allowed to, once again, operate in their ‘shade of gray’ that is above the law and under the radar of public knowledge. This time gifts were returned by DCFS in Sebastian County, AR. As reported by The City Wire Newport Area

  • michelle brown said:

    This is so awful… I hope this matter will be pursued and if proven- taken to court and these people punished SEVERLY!

  • Redena Turner said:

    This is beyond comprehension! These people are lower than anyone I have ever known. These Foster Kids have it rough enough. It is hard to believe that someone would be so unfeeling and cold as to take Christmas from these children, and even worse to think that they returned these gifts and used it for themselves or their kids! There is a just reward for these people, maybe not in our time but wait until they have to answer to God someday!

  • Dia Sawyer said:

    “Voice Your Complaints” Contact List
    Help give children in foster care a voice of their own. Send your complaints by email to the contacts below. Make your voice heard!

  • Brian Beavers said:

    My sister-in-law is the proud mother of 2 little girls that she adopted from the foster care system and she also has 4 additional foster children in her care. She has personally witnessed unethical acts of greed and selfishness through DCFS. There needs to be a large, in-depth state-wide investigation by the Attorney General’s office into the practices and procedures of the DCFS. Between what I have heard from a relative’s personal experiences and what Ms. Sawyer has reported it appears that there may be some very unscrupulous characters working for this agency who care more about their own well-being than that of those poor foster kids.
    Shame on you DCFS! May God have mercy on your souls!!!

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