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 Caseworker Carlos Acosta Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charges Linked To A.J. Freund CaseCarlos Acosta pleaded not guilty to two counts of child endangerment and one count of reckless conduct.
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.
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.
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.
Report: 123 Children Died In 2019 Fiscal Year, Despite Contact With Illinois Department Of Children And Family ServicesOf the 123 deaths in the fiscal year that ended last June, 24 were ruled homicides, 37 were accidental, 34 were natural, seven were suicide and 21 were undetermined.
Former DCFS Worker Defends Handling Of A.J. Freund CaseCarlos Acosta and a supervisor were fired from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after a lengthy disciplinary process.
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.
Illinois Lawmakers Propose Bill Forbidding DCFS From Shackling ChildrenIllinois state legislators are looking at putting a new law on the books to prevent shackling of children from happening again.
'It Was Messed Up:' Teen In Foster Care Speaks Out About Being Put In Shackles By DCFS WorkersJawan Cross is not a prisoner – he’s a teen in foster care – and yet, he was shackled by workers from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.