State Officials Refuse To Say How New $200 Million YouthCare Health Care Program For Foster Kids Is DoingThe Better Government Association wanted to know if YouthCare - managed by for-profit Meridian Health - is working, but the state declined their request for information, so the BGA is going to court.
One Arrested In Case Of 10-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted By 5 Men Over 3 YearsPolice finally arrested the girl's abusers and finally Springfield took notice of how she was the one locked up long after she was cleared to leave
New Law Would Ban Restraining Children In Foster CareOn orders from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, transportation vendors regularly shackled foster children -- hands, feet, and a body length chain connecting all four limbs.
Activists Demand Systemic Change In Protest Outside Motel Where Girl, 10, Was Sexually Assaulted: 'This Was A Mausoleum Of Horror!'Activists turned out Wednesday in front of the Grand Motel in the South Side’s Washington Heights neighborhood, in support of a little girl who was sexually assaulted there last October.
After DCFS Consent Decree Hearing, Children's Lawyers, Cook County Public Guardian Lament Lack Of ProgressChildren trapped in psychiatric hospitals longer than they need to be and others simply falling through cracks are some of the critical problems the CBS 2 Investigators have been exposing for years at the Department of Children and Family Services.
Why Are Suspects In Repeated Sexual Abuse Of 10-Year-Old Girl Free, While She Was Locked Up In A Psychiatric Facility?Police and child protective services are scrambling to explain why multiple men who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl remain free, even though the suspects are known.
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.