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Parents, Attorneys Say State Law On Child Supervision Too Vague

How young is too young to leave a child alone, in the state of Illinois? The law says, under 14, for any unreasonable amount of time.


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DCFS Investigating After Baby Left In Hot Car For Two Hours

State child welfare officials are investigating after an infant was left in a hot car for about two hours Tuesday in southwest suburban Joliet.


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Chicago Day Care Center Investigated After Worker Allegedly Paddled Child

A parent tells CBS 2 her child was beaten and bruised at a Chicago daycare center, and now the state’s child-welfare agency is investigating. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.



ACLU Asking Judge To Order DCFS To Enact Reforms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is asking a federal judge to order the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to start enacting court-ordered reforms, reports WBBM’s Terry Keshner.


Judge Rules Teen At Center Of Custody Battle Was Victim Of Child Medical Abuse

It is a case of a mother’s wishes for her very ill son and a doctor’s concern and fear. On Monday, a judge intervened on the heartbreaking story that stretches from Kansas City to Chicago.



Back To School Means Spike In Child Abuse Reports

State child welfare officials say it’s too hard to tell whether there’s been an increase in reports of child abuse since news broke about Vikings running back Adrian Peterson taking a stick to his four-year old son.


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DCFS Investigating Deaths Of Two Four-Month-Old Girls

The deaths of two four-month-old girls are being investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


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DCFS Investigating Parents For Neglect In Schaumburg Boy’s Death

State child welfare officials are investigating the parents of a northwest suburban boy who died Saturday morning.



Some DCFS Wards Get A Leg Up On Their Futures With Scholarships

The latest recipients for the four-year college scholarships were selected from 300 applicants across the state.


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DCFS Investigating Mother In Death Of 3-Year-Old Girl

Criminal charges could come later today in the death of a 3-year-old Northwest Side girl.


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Parents Charged After Authorities Determine Baby Girl Starved To Death

The parents of a 7-month-old baby girl who was found dead earlier this year have been charged after authorities determined the child starved to death in northwest suburban Barrington.


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DCFS Investigating Death Of Harvey Infant

State child welfare officials are investigating the parents of a 5-month-old boy for allegations of neglect after the infant died Friday in south suburban Harvey.


Two sisters -- shown here as youngsters -- were kept in foster care for years, even though an aunt was trying to gain custody, the family says. (courtesy: family)

2 Investigators: Clerical Error Keeps Sisters Stuck In Abusive Foster Care For Years

2 Investigator Dave Savini reveals how actions by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services kept two girls from their family.


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Gov. Quinn’s Newly Appointed Child-Welfare Director Resigns Amid Theft Scandal

Arthur Bishop was appointed last month to succeed the late Richard Calica at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


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DCFS Investigating Aunt After Park Forest Infant Dies

Child welfare officials are investigating the death of a 3-month-old boy from south suburban Park Forest.


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DCFS Comes Under Criticism At State Senate Hearing

The Department of Children and Family Services came in for some scathing criticism at a State Senate hearing today.


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DCFS Investigating Grandfather In Death Of Girl On South Side

State child welfare officials are investigating allegations of abuse against the grandfather of a 3-year-old girl who died after a head injury Saturday in the South Chicago neighborhood.


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DCFS Director Resigns Following Cancer Diagnosis

Richard Calica has served as director of DCFS since December 2011. Chief of staff Denise Gonzales will step in as Acting Director effective immediately.


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DCFS Investigating Death Of Blue Island Infant

A baby died in Blue Island this weekend and investigators are looking at the father as a suspect.


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DCFS Investigating Death Of Berwyn Infant

The state Dept. of Children and Family Services is investigating the death of a six-month-old girl Friday in west suburban Berwyn.