Report: DCFS So Focused On Keeping Families Together, Agency Often Puts Kids In DangerA report has found that it's so difficult to remove children from their parents' care, that many DCFS workers won't even recommend removal to prosecutors.
Report On DCFS: Overburdened Case Workers, Unresponsive HotlineThe report covers the years 2015 through 2017 and points to an agency understaffed and overwhelmed.
Parents Of A.J. Freund Return To Court MondayAndrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham are each being held on $5 million bond and are accused of murdering their 5-year-old son A.J.
Semaj Crosby Remembered Two Years After Her DeathSaturday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby.
'Maybe Mommy Didn't Mean To Hurt Me'; A.J. Freund Told Doctor About Mysterious Bruise Five Months Before His DeathFour months before 5-year-old A.J. Freund was killed, he told a doctor “maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me” after police found a mysterious bruise on his hip, according to a timeline released by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
A.J. Freund Case: DCFS Timeline Raises Questions About Neglect Investigation Four Months Before Boy's DeathFour months before 5-year-old A.J. Freund's parents allegedly beat him to death, there appear to be significant discrepancies between a police report noting deplorable conditions inside the family's house, and a home visit by a DCFS investigator the next day, which ultimately deemed an allegation of neglect to be unfounded.
Missing Boy A.J. Freund's Mother Seeking To Regain Custody Of Younger SonAs Crystal Lake Police continue to investigate the disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Freund, his mother will be in court in an effort to regain custody of her younger son, Parker.
DCFS Workers To Get Hands-On Training At New Simulation Center In EnglewoodThe new facility is designed to provide upgraded training for case workers and investigators, who will get a chance to use the new simulation center for the first time on Tuesday.
Governor Pritzker Names New DCFS Director, Following Deaths Of 2 Toddlers; Orders Independent ReviewIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered an independent review of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and nominated a new director after the recent deaths of toddlers who were under the child welfare agency's care.
Man Charged With Biting Baby Girl Because She Wouldn't Fall AsleepA Lake County man has been arrested for allegedly biting his 10-month-old daughter on the face and arms when she would not fall asleep.
DCFS Investigating Death Of Infant At West Pullman Home Daycare CenterState child welfare officials are investigating the death of an infant at an unlicensed home daycare center on Monday in the West Pullman neighborhood.