Act Now! Your Call Can Help Reunite a Mother and Child Separated by Racist DSS Practices

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Call to Action! Please Forward Widely! ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬

Tuesday January 20th – Call Charlottesville Department of Social Services (DSS) Demand that that they reunite Que Williams with her family and end racist policies!

Please watch and share this very short video to hear Rhiannon in her own words and then call DSS!

Rhiannon and Que Williams are among many black families torn apart by the racist policies of Charlottesville DSS (see statistics below.) Rhiannon has been fighting this nightmare for two years and her courageous efforts are starting to pay off. DSS is beginning to respond to the public attention on this case and NOW is a crucial time for them to hear from the public.

Your call will make a difference! Please take two minutes out of your day – one to make the call and one to forward this message to all of your contacts.

Call Charlottesville Department of Social Services at (434) 970-3400 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on Tuesday January 20th and say you have a message for DSS. Here is a sample script for the call:

“Hi. My name is ______________________ I am from _______________________ I have a message for DSS – Reunite Que Williams with her mother! I am concerned about the racially biased treatment aimed at the black families in Charlottesville. From the DSS data to the DMC* data, it is clear that the only thing these families are guilty of is being poor and black. Change the DSS policies immediately. Start by bringing Que back home. That’s what her mother wants, and that’s what SHE wants.”

If you get a voicemail, please leave a message and then, if possible call again until you speak to a person.

If you have time for more than a phone call:
– call multiple times throughout the day and leave a general message each time
– in addition to the general message call and deliver the message to each of the following people:
Diane Kuknyo – Director (434) 970-3410
Sue Moffett – Asst. Director (434) 970-3451
Jenny Jones – Chief of Family Services (434) 970-3685
– call friends and explain to them why it is important to you that they call also
– share this action alert on social media
– if you’re in the area stop by DSS and tell them in person
– Contact us about future actions: or
– To learn more about the problem visit and check out the “files” section.

This is very helpful even if you don’t live in Charlottesville. Attention to this from outside of the area also generates concern. The city government works hard to project an image of “the friendliest city in the usa.” Bad publicity is a great motivator.

*DMC = Disproportionate Minority Contact with the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Meaning black children in Charlottesville are put into contact with police, social workers, school disciplinary systems, courts and incarceration at far greater rates than white children. The city formed a commission to deal with this, which has been meeting for two years with no visible results.

My Child was kidnapped by Charlottesville’s
Department of Social Services

My name is Rhiannon Williams, a mother fighting for her daughter to get back home. My family was torn apart in less than 24 hours. DSS swooped in and took my daughter away because I wanted to take her to my preferred physician and not Region Ten, as they demanded. No warning, no chance to explain myself, no prior troubles. Unbelievable, isn’t it? I’ve been living this nightmare for more than 2 years!
I’ve not celebrated the holidays with my daughter since September 2012.
I want my daughter back home-where she belongs! Where SHE wants to be!

I am not alone in this fate. Black mothers and families are disproportionately targeted by DSS:

1. More than 57% of children in the foster care in Charlottesville are Black, compared to the relatively smaller 33% statewide.
2. In Charlottesville only a third of children taken into DSS custody return to their homes, more than 40% return home in the state.
3. While 15.5% are placed in adoption in Charlottesville, 28% are placed in adoption statewide.
4. Only 19% of children are reunited to their families in Charlottesville, while the numbers are higher at 30% statewide.
5. Third of the children in Charlottesville spend so much time in the DSS that they exit as adults without the love and safety of a family or a home, while only 20% face that fate in the state of Virginia.

One can only conclude that Charlottesville is far worse than the state’s averages on a number of issues concerning the lives of Black children.
These intrusions into the lives of black families are only one step of the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Greater proportion of black children is placed in juvenile detention, greater proportion of Stop & Frisks is aimed at black individuals, greater proportion of prison inmates is black individuals…
How about those facts for the happiest city in the country?

We want to have the same quality time with our families that you are able to enjoy. While it is a right for your families, we are forced to experience it as a privilege. STOP DSS from further removals until there is a community driven overhaul of DSS.

Want to help? Contact us: or
If it is this easy for DSS to kidnap my child, I can’t imagine how many more families DSS has ruined.

One Comment

  1. Every race is targeted not just blacks!

    If one is a single parent and dont bring in a great income, Dss will take your child.

    Just so you know every time a child is taken the state makes thousands of dollars and the federal government makes thousands of dollars also.

    C.P.S. workers have a quota to meet. If they dont meet the quota then they lose funding. And that is the prime reason why so many children are wrongfully removed from a parents care. It all has to do with $$$$$$$$.

    My child hasnt been with me for many years. She is now 24 years old and was taken from me when she was 2 1/2 years old. Her fathers parents have a multimillion dollar business and because my ex didnt want to pay child support he falsely accused me of child abuse
    The fsct that he denied his own daughter at birth wasnt even a fact when she was talen from me
    To keep me away from my daughter he hid my daughter from me so that i wouldnt find her.

    No abuse happened cause my ex used it as a cover up for child kidnapping. He is a bastard for doing this and making both my child suffer
    For so many years.

    His family is involved in this conspiracy and i do hope that one day justice is brought for my daughter and i.

    He is a monster and has two other kids also.

    I know my daughter will one day see the type of person he really is.

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