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.
You Paid For It: Longer, Unnecessary Stays At Psychiatric Hospitals For ChildrenPsychiatric hospital stays cost $350 per night. It's $126 more per night, per child, for hospitalization no longer required.
DCFS Caught Shackling Minors Again, Breaking Its Own Rules"This is precisely what the department promised a few months ago that they wouldn't do any longer."
Another Child In DCFS Care Shackled, Despite Promise To Ban Restraining ChildrenDespite a promise to never place young people in restraints, another child in DCFS custody was shackled recently, this time for nearly 400 miles.
Health Care Change Creates Chaos For Former Foster ChildrenCook County’s public guardian says the state of Illinois is about to sell thousands of kids down the river.
Illinois DCFS Inspector General Report Says 56 Children With Agency History Have Died In Last 6 MonthsWe must act with a sense of urgency – that is what the inspector general for the Department of Children and Family Services said about improving the embattled agency.
Two DCFS Workers Tied To A.J. Freund Case No Longer Working With AgencyTwo DCFS workers involved in the A.J. Freund case are no longer with the state child protection agency.
'Under No Circumstances' Will Foster Kids Be Transported In Shackles, DCFS Director Says In MemoThe director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services sent out a memo late Monday categorically banning the use of handcuffs or shackles when transporting young people.
Shackling Of Foster Kids 10 Times More Common Than Initially Reported By StateCBS 2’s Chris Tye is uncovering new documents, showing the number of foster care kids in shackles is actually 10 times what we were told by the state.
Questions Mount As To Whether DCFS Was Grading Itself In Audit Of Child Abuse HotlineThe results of an audit of the Illinois child abuse hotline were released Thursday, and the reviews were not good. But even larger questions are emerging over whether the agency being audited was grading itself.