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Local residents join in nationwide protest against DCFS, family court system

(From left to right) Protestors Jay Daugherty, Tosha Daugherty, Brian Fiack and Jay Lyons spent hours along Main Street in Price protesting against the Division of Child and Family Services and the family court system.

A group of local residents marched along Main Street last Friday to protest against the Division of Child and Family Services and is calling for changes in how the family court system works.

Protestor Jay Daugherty said the small group of four protestors spent about six hours total holding signs and handing out information about the changes they would like to see.

The local protest was one of many not only around the state, but across the country as well, Daugherty said. Other protests in the state were being held in cities including Salt Lake City, Ogden, Farmington, Moab and Cedar City.

The Government Abuse official website said the group is no longer wanting to tolerate unjust laws and watching as tax dollars are used to separate and financially demolish families.

The group wants to see the court system make every effort to be made for children, when taken out of the home for reasons, to stay with grandparents and other family members instead of being placed into foster care, according to the Government Abuse website.

Another area they are looking to see be reformed is with assigned judges. The group is hoping that a reformed system would be implemented so that judges, who cannot be voted out of their offices, be held to the same standard as politicians with regards to voting.

Daugherty said the protest, while not heavily attended, was a good way to get the word out to the public.

"We plan on coming out to protest next year as well," he said.

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