Open thread: Your experiences with DHS

Since my series began last week about some Iowa families' experiences with the Iowa Department of Human Services child protection system, I've heard from nearly two dozen parents, grandparents and foster parents who wanted to share their stories.

So I've decided to open this thread for anyone who wants to talk about their experiences -- good or bad -- with Iowa DHS. No gossip or third-hand accounts, please, and be mindful of's Rules of Engagement, below.