Warning Signs: DCFS Releases Timeline Leading To Overdose Death Of 6-Year-OldFor the first time the Department of Children and Family Services is releasing its years-long timeline of encounters with the family of Kerri Rutherford, the 6-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose inside her Montgomery, Illinois, home this summer.
Why Didn't DCFS Reveal The Timeline Leading To Overdose Death Of A 6 Year Old?In December 2015, credible evidence of abuse or neglect was found.
Teen In DCFS Custody Describes Experience Of Being Held In Psychiatric Hospital 67 Days Longer Than NecessaryHopeless, anxious, trapped – that is how a teenager described being locked in a psychiatric hospital for months longer than medically necessary.
Teen Spends 67 Days Longer Than Necessary In Psychiatric Ward, And Now DCFS Is Fighting His Request To Tell His StoryA teenager spent months longer than necessary locked in a psychiatric hospital, and now out and in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, he wanted to share his story.
Gov. Pritzker Has Vowed To Make Changes At DCFS, But Multiple Children Whose Families Were Investigated Have Still Been KilledGov. JB Pritzker has promised to make changes at the DCFS to protect children like the girl who was killed this weekend, Serenity Arrington. Still, dozens of children whose families were investigated by the DCFS have been killed in just the last year.
Former DCFS Supervisor Andrew Polovin Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charges Linked To A.J. Freund CasePolovin and former DCFS case worker Carlos Acosta have been accused of failing to properly investigate allegations concerning A.J.'s treatment, despite concerns raised by police and others.
Former DCFS Worker Carlos Acosta A No-Show At McHenry County Board Meeting After Arrest Linked To A.J. Freund CaseA former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services worker who is facing charges connected to the death of 5-year-old. A.J. Freund last year was a no-show at the McHenry County Board meeting Tuesday night.
McHenry County Board Chairman Calls For Carlos Acosta's Resignation Following Arrest In A.J. Freund CaseFriday night the chairman of the board was calling on fellow board member Carlos Acosta, the caseworker assigned to A.J., to resign.
Former DCFS Caseworker, Supervisor Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges In Connection With A.J. Freund CaseA former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services caseworker and his supervisor who both worked on the A.J. Freund case have been arrested on child endangerment charges.
Dramatic Drop In Reports Prompts Worries That Children Are Being Neglected, Abused During COVID-19 Stay-At-Home OrderAs we practice social distancing to combat the coronavirus, there was some fear and worry Tuesday night that some children are being neglected – if not abused – during the stay-at-home mandate in the fight against coronavirus.
Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Plan For At-Risk Kids Remains UnclearFrom small business to big government, organizations are reinventing themselves daily.
Advocates Say System Failed 4-Year-Old Tate Thurman, Whose Abuse, Death Chillingly Reminds Advocates Of AJ Freund CaseWhile the AJ Freund story made national headlines, some child advocates say another case – that of 4-year-old Tate Thurman – has eerie similarities as it unfolds in Central Illinois.
DCFS Says It Cannot Guarantee No More Kids Will Be ShackledThis week, the DCFS was called to task in front of state legislators for shackling foster kids.
Pritzker Wants More Spending; How Much Depends On Tax VoteOne spending boost not tied to that extra revenue is $147 million more for the Department of Children and Family Services after a particularly troubling year. An inspector general's report released in January indicated that 123 children who died last year had been in contact with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Gov. Pritzker Pushes For $147 Million In New Funds For DCFS, An Agency Plagued By TroublesA big infusion of cash appears headed to one of the biggest trouble spots in state government.