Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

(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

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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

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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

Hartgrove Hospital

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

Civil Unions

State Decides Not To Renew Adoption Contract With Catholic Charities

Following a legal dispute over the right to turn away same-sex couples in civil unions, the State of Illinois has decided not to renew adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2011

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DCFS Investigating Neglect Allegation In Boy’s Drowning

STEGER, Ill. (CBS) — State officials were investigating allegations of neglect against the adult sister of a 10-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool last week in south suburban Steger. Anthony Perkins, of University […]

CBS Chicago–07/11/2011

DCFS Probes Death Of Boy, 2

The state Department of Children and Family Services is investigating after a 2-year-old boy south suburban boy died Tuesday at a hospital.

03/16/2011

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Harvey Girl Dies 17 Years After Being Shaken As Baby

A 17-year-old Harvey girl who had been in state care for most of her life died Monday due to injuries she suffered when she was shaken as a baby.

03/08/2011

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