Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Andres Gamez (Credit: McHenry County Sheriff)

Woodstock Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Relative

Andres Gamez, 33, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault of a family member under 18 and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under 5 years old, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office.

05/15/2015

Jennifer Ullery. (Credit: Algonquin Police)

Mom Who Shot TV Cooperating With DCFS; Kids Won’t Be Removed From Home

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says the Algonquin mother accused of shooting her flat-screen TV will get to keep her three children.

03/11/2015

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Boy, 9, Shoots Sister, 11, With BB Gun

Riverside police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services were investigating an incident in which a boy shot his sister with a BB gun.

01/21/2015

Members of the Illinois House and Senate hold a joint committee hearing on the state of child welfare at the Department of Children and Family Services. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers Probe Illinois Youth Centers In Wake Of Newspaper Series

The head of the agency that oversees children who are wards of the state told state lawmakers Wednesday that a revolving door at the top is partly to blame for abuses that have plagued the department for decades.

01/07/2015

(Left to right) Donnell Coakley Sr., Tylesha Griffin, and Dominique Lott are charged with the murder of 3-year-old Donnell Coakley Jr. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Parents, Cousin Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old

After determining that her viciously abused and malnourished 3-year-old second cousin was dead, a West Ridge woman allegedly went out, bought some marijuana and then smoked it with the child’s parents near the toddler’s battered corpse.

11/13/2014

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Rauner Blames Governor For DCFS Deaths; Quinn Campaign Calls Ad ‘Despicable’

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday blamed Gov. Pat Quinn for the deaths of children whose families have had contact with the Department of Children and Family Services, an attack the Quinn campaign called a “despicable” smear attempt.

10/07/2014

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Police, Prosecutors, Welfare Groups Launch New Campaign Against Sex Trafficking

Although numbers are vague, the crime of human trafficking presents a real challenge to law enforcement and welfare agencies, who have teamed up to try to raise awareness of troubled children who end up being manipulated or forced into prostitution.

05/20/2014

Richard Martin (Credit: Chicago Police)

Bail Denied For Man Accused Of Shaking Baby

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating a woman and her boyfriend, who faces felony charges for allegedly shaking the woman’s 14-month-old daughter, causing critical brain injuries.

03/31/2014

Washington Heights Infant’s Death Ruled A Homicide

The state Department of Children & Family Services and Chicago Police are investigating the death of Tayshaun Dyson, who was found unresponsive at his home in the 8900 block of South Throop Street.

08/28/2013

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DCFS Investigating After 4 Kids Hospitalized Following Domestic Disturbance

The state Department of Children and Family Services is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect after four children were hospitalized after police responded to a domestic disturbance in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side on Tuesday night.

04/10/2013

Employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stage a protest rally outside the Thompson Center, to speak out against layoffs at the agency, which they say will hurt children. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

DCFS Workers Rally Downtown To Protest Layoffs

A few hundred employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services rallied in front of the Thompson Center this afternoon, protesting layoffs at the agency.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2012

Former West Aurora High School band director Steve Orland has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing two students. (Credit: Kane County Sheriff's Office)

West Aurora High School District In Trouble With DCFS Over Abusive Band Teacher

The West Aurora High School District is in trouble with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services over an allegation involving a teacher.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2012

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Report: DCFS Says Budget Cuts Could Be Crippling

The Illinois Dept of Children and Family Services is warning in a published report that budget cuts mandated by the General Assembly are going to have a severe impact.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

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Baby Girl’s Death In Roseland Under Investigation

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl in the Roseland neighborhood last night.

07/29/2012

Cicero Infant Death

Baby Dead In Cicero; Authorities Probe Possible Neglect

A 2-month-old girl from Cicero is dead, and now her family is facing allegations of neglect.

CBS Chicago–04/02/2012

Fire Victims

DCFS Probes Neglect Allegations In Deadly Far South Side Fire

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in investigating accusations of neglect, for the family that lived in the Far South Side apartment where a fire broke out early Tuesday and killed two children.

CBS Chicago–01/25/2012

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Police Question Parents In Jefferson Park Baby’s Death

Police are questioning the parents of a 3-month old Jefferson Park girl who died on Tuesday as a result of several injuries from child abuse.

10/12/2011

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Report Slams Conditions At West Side Psychiatric Hospital

It’s the worst kind of crime – abuse against mentally ill children – and it’s happening at the very place they turn for help: a psychiatric hospital.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2011

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Catholic Charities To Fight Ruling That Ended State Adoption Contract

The State of Illinois is moving to steer foster families to new agencies, even as Catholic Charities prepares to fight a court ruling allowing the state to end its relationship with the agency.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2011

A 2-year-old girl drowned in an above-ground pool at a day care facility run out of this Aurora home on Aug. 2, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Aurora Day Care Where Toddler Died Had No License

An autopsy was planned for Wednesday afternoon for 2-year-old Abigail Holland, whose body was found floating in an above-ground pool Tuesday at an in-home day care operation in Aurora.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2011

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