CHICAGO (CBS) — The Department of Children and Family Services came in for some scathing criticism at a State Senate hearing today. The accusation? DCFS isn’t protecting children well enough, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
At the hearings, State Senator Mattie Hunter told acting DCFS Director Denise Gonzales she was very concerned about the number of children who died while under the agency’s watch.READ MORE: Student And Staff Data From Area School District Were Dumped On The Dark Web, And Parents And Staffers Had No Clue
“We have 111 children that have died. That is not acceptable. It is not acceptable. Every single one of you all need to resign,” said Hunter.READ MORE: Sundling Junior High, 17 Other Illinois Schools Win National Blue Ribbons
But Michele Lorand, a top child abuse pediatrician at Stoger Cook County Hospital warned lawmakers recent headlines overstate the problems.
“This discussion should not be in my mind about DCFS failure or medical failure or law enforcement failure. That is not productive and with the rare exception of gross professional incompetence or neglect of duty will not solve this problem,” said Lorand.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot 'Disappointed' In CPS Struggles With COVID Testing, Contact Tracing
But she does call for more teamwork among all agencies involved.