Republicans call for hearings into DCFS after worker and child deaths

SPRINGFIELD – Three Republican state House members called for hearings into the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday out of concerns for workers’ safety, improper placements of state wards and the recent death of North Chicago boy. Reps. Steven Reick, R-Woodstock, Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, and Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, held a news […]

Cook County judge cites DCFS director for contempt

A Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt for the continued improper placement of two state wards. Cook County Circuit Judge Patrick T. Murphy on Thursday, Jan. 6, also fined Smith $1,000 a day in each of the cases for every day the two children — […]

Illinois DCFS Enhances Training To Support LGBTQ+ Youth In Foster Care

SPRINGFIELD — A 2019 study found that about 30% of youth living in foster care identify as LGBTQ+ compared to about 11% not in foster care. LGBTQ+ youth in care are also at higher risk for abuse and harassment.  To address this issue, the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services is enhancing training and […]