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.
Judge Orders Policy Change At DCFS After Teens Are ShackledA judge has ordered change within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Sources: DCFS Moving To Fire 3 Employees Involved In A.J. Freund CaseThe firings of DCFS investigators Carlos Acosta and Kathleen Gold, and their supervisor Andrew Polovin were recommended by the agency’s inspector general in a confidential written report prepared for the head of DCFS.
Crowd Celebrates What Would Have Been AJ Freund's Birthday, Marches For JusticeDozens of people in Crystal Lake came together Sunday to celebrate the life of AJ Freund.
Parents Who Declined Vitamin K Shots For Newborns Sue Hospitals, DCFS Over Medical Neglect Investigations“To interfere with a family’s decision to make medical choices on behalf of their children, you have to do it on a case-by-case basis,” attorney Richard Dvorak said.
CBS 2 Investigates: Why Was Former CPS Security Guard Free For 10 Years After Being Fired Amid Claims Of Abuse?A Chicago Public Schools security guard was forced to resign back in 2009 after an investigation found that he sexually exploited a student. But he wasn't charged for 10 years after that.