DES MOINES – The joint Government Oversight Committee held a hearing Monday, June 5 on the current state of Department of Human Services (DHS) in Iowa. After two separate, highly publicized cases resulting in the death of two children, and the resignation of then DHS Director, Chuck Palmer, hundreds of citizens attended the hearing at the Capitol. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson released the following statement:
“We applaud the vocal leadership from both Senator McCoy and Senator Peterson during the DHS hearing. I’m very pleased with the progress this hearing made on exploiting some of the inefficiencies within DHS and how solution based action is the primary focus moving forward. As they continue to work on placement-based solutions, I urge the committee to ensure that no LGBTQ children will be placed in homes where dangerous conversion therapy practices are accepted. 99.7% of kids free from abusive situations is not 100% and there is still a lot of work to do to ensure silenced voices are being heard. We look forward to continuing to work together through this process and providing any assistance the committee needs.”
Iowa Safe schools is the largest LGBTQ statewide organization and provides safe, supportive, and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ youth through education, outreach, and advocacy.