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On average, a child who enters care will remain in foster care for 32 months; only about half will return to their parents.
Illinois CPS News Archive
Illinois News Coverage
Panel to call for transparency on capital spending, school closings
Public hearings sent a clear message to a task force on CPS facilities: New legislation should force the district to be more transparent about its plans for using buildings and for closing schools.
The public wants to know where CPS allocates its funds - most notably, the $750 million in bonds issued for school construction and renovation, backed by stimulus money. Nix-Hodes said. Last year, CPS identified 12,512 students as homeless, an increase of almost 2,000 students in just the last year.
October 4, 2010
Study Finds More Woes Following Foster Care
Only half the youths who had turned 18 and 'aged out' of foster care were employed by their mid-20s.
6 in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in 4 women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only 6 in 100 had completed a community college degree. The dismal outlook for youths who are thrust into a shaky adulthood from the foster care system - now numbering some 30,000 annually - has been documented with new precision by a long-term study...
The New York Times
April 15, 2010
In foster home, DCFS letter gave paper-thin authority
Carolyn Lowe took custody of two infant boys and kept them for years without any court approval. Her only authority: two form letters issued to her by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The state agency gave the custodial letters to Lowe even though it had previously put her foster parent license on hold and had removed a child from her home. DCFS officials say they have issued "potentially thousands" of such letters to caregivers declaring that they have custody of children.
April 13, 2010
Parents with passion greet IL Family Law Study Committee
When the Illinois Family Law Study Committee met in Chicago this morning they were greeted by dozens of parents with signs and banners.
Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents hoped to educate the committee on the suffering that current family law causes. Participants in the Save Our Families Rally came from as far away as Indiana and Wisconsin.
Family Rights Examiner
April 11, 2010
Cooperative helps homeschoolers explore other interests, enjoy field trips
DECATUR - Homeschooling doesn't have to mean all the education takes place at home.
For more than 50 Decatur-area families who belong to a homeschool co-op called the Mid-Illinois Cooperative Adventures in Homeschooling, or MICAH, there are cooperative classes for children age 4 through 12th grade roughly between Labor Day and Easter, field trips year-round and other homeschooling help.
April 3, 2010
School Budget Crisis: Illinois Loses Much-Needed 'Race To The Top' Funds
The already grim Illinois public education budget got even bleaker Monday, with the announcement that a desperately-needed infusion of federal cash is not coming.
Illinois did not make the final cut in its application to the Department of Education's "Race to the Top" fund. Delaware and Tennessee were the only two of the 16 finalists to receive funding, according to the Chicago Tribune. Illinois's application came in at fifth place.
The Huffington Post
March 29, 2010
Illinois Senate OKs Kotowski Plan to Capture $17 Million from U.S. Government for Illinois Foster Care
The Illinois Senate unanimously approved a bill that would enable the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to capture an additional $17 million from the federal government to pay for Illinois foster children care.
"The legislation will cost the state nothing. All the new money would come from the federal government." DCFS has asked private child welfare agencies to voluntarily convert foster care and counseling services into Medicaid-claimable programs.
Child Care Association
March 18, 2010
Bloomington man nets 45 year sentence for beating death of baby
BLOOMINGTON -- In an emotional courtroom Friday, opinions differed on how much time George Autman should spend in prison for the beating death of his 15-month-old son, but everyone agreed that boy did not have to die.
Judge Robert Frietag ruled that 45 years was the appropriate sentence for the 23-year-old Bloomington man who had pleaded guilty to the May 27, 2008, beating death. Autman told police he struck the child for hitting his sister in the face.
December 13, 2009
Special report: Mom arrested in 'Baby Crystal' case
Katie Stockton, 28, of rural Rockton, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, on charges that she left her newborn girl to die on the side of the road in December 2004 near her parents' Will Road home.
The skeletal remains of two additional infants later were found in Stockton's vehicle. Police discovered the first baby's body when a 13-year-old girl called to tell them the family dog brought a bloody piece of clothing back to the home after being outside.
Rockford Register Star
December 1, 2009
Second Durand teacher faces charges
ROCKFORD -- A 41-year-old Durand teacher faces four felony and two misdemeanor charges in connection with the second set of sexual conduct allegations to hit the district recently.
Bret Meier faces one count of child pornography, three counts of indecent solicitation of a child and two counts of distribution of harmful materials to a child. The latter two charges are the misdemeanors.
Rockford Register Star
December 1, 2009
Mother of toddler found near candy store arrested
Police have arrested an Indianapolis woman whose 1-year-old daughter was found wandering outside a candy store over the weekend.
The child went unclaimed for more than 24 hours, despite a door-to-door canvass by police and neighbors. She was identified only after relatives came forward after seeing the baby's photograph on the news. The child is in the custody of child protective services.
November 16, 2009
Caseworker who neglected her children investigates child neglect for state
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services continues to employ at least one caseworker found to have neglected her own foster children.
Administrative rules calling for a review of the employee's license to handle cases have apparently not been enforced. In September 2008, Linda C. Jones of Springfield, an 11-year DCFS child welfare specialist and state-licensed foster care provider, was found by DCFS to have neglected three of the foster children in her care. As a caseworker, Jones investigates and evaluates accusations of child abuse and neglect against others.
October 15, 2009
Baby in basement story is an opportunity to review the Safe Haven option
A baby born to a West Side teenager is in critical condition after the teen secretly gave birth in her home and hid the newborn in the basement early this morning.
Police tell the Tribune the girl's family did not know she was even pregnant. They took her to the hospital because she was bleeding and that's when they learned she had recently given birth.
Chicago Crime Examiner
October 14, 2009
Appeals court declares police internal affairs files public records
In a case some argue could throw open the long-standing secrecy behind police internal investigations, the 4th District Court of Appeals in Springfield has ruled internal affairs files are a public record regardless of the outcome of the probe.
Attorneys specializing in Illinois public records law said Thursday it is the first such ruling of its kind in the state and therefore binding on trial courts statewide. It could also have repercussions for long-running complaints about Chicago police brutality.
July 24, 2009
Prison Nursery Programs a Growing Trend in Women's Prisons
The Women's Prison Association (WPA) has released the first-ever national report on prison nursery programs. The report examines the expansion of prison nursery programs across the U.S.
These programs allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time. The report finds that the number of prison-based nursery programs is growing, but that such programs are still relatively rare.
July 13, 2009
Dan Brady requesting review of foster care civil claims
BLOOMINGTON -- Dan Brady admits that some cases he handled as McLean County coroner cast a long shadow. The death of Louise Osborn was one of them.
Brady, now a Republican state lawmaker from Bloomington, plans to ask for a review of how civil claims involving foster children should be handled in light of a recent ruling by the Illinois Court of Claims in the Osborn case. The review will begin with the research branch of the House Republicans and move to a state task force that would examine the issue.
June 28, 2009
Foster Kids Endangered by Illinois Budget Cuts
On behalf of more than 100 foster children, Robert Harris sued the Department of Children and Family Services and Gov. Pat Quinn, whose budget calls for DCFS funding to be cut by 50 percent.
Harris asked the Cook County Court to enjoin Quinn and the DCFS from terminating counseling services for children in custody without due process and "without individual consideration of each child's needs."
Courthouse News Service
June 25, 2009
Edwardsville couple charged in child abuse case
EDWARDSVILLE - A married couple is facing felony charges for allegedly abusing their 2-year-old son.
Derek T. Hill Sr., 21, and Eva E. Hill, 27, of the 3600 block of Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville, were charged on Monday with aggravated battery of a child. Derek Hill is accused of beating the boy with a belt, placing him in a clothes dryer and burning the youth with a cigarette.
June 23, 2009
Hundreds gather for rally against budget cuts
Hundreds of protestors filled the plaza of the Thompson Center. They represent the thousands of social service providers who face cuts if legislators don't approve funding to continue services.
"If they kill the daycare we are in trouble. We are really in trouble because that means we may have to look back and give them back to the people because I can't afford to take care of the household by myself," said Brian Krizer, foster parent. Another ripple effect of budget cuts is that social services would be affected and jobs would also be lost.
ABC News 7
June 19, 2009
Ill. child welfare reveals history of complaints before boy's death
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services confirmed this week it had received four hot line reports since 2007 concerning the possible abuse or neglect of a 5-year-old Grayville boy who died there last Tuesday.
A fourth complaint was substantiated by investigators in January 2008. That complaint was filed by a local physician who became concerned when Jason's parents missed a scheduled doctor's appointment for an unspecified illness or injury.
Evansville Courier and Press
June 6, 2009
Crete boy slaying: Guardian charged with fatally beating 12-year-old boy in July
Nearly 10 months after the death of a 12-year-old, mentally disabled adopted Crete boy, his guardian was accused of beating him over three days in murder charges filed Thursday.
Fred D. Johnson II, 43, was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery of a child and unlawful restraint. At the time, Fred Johnson was being investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services because of allegations of abuse, officials said.
May 15, 2009
Trial slated in foster care sex abuse case
The jury trial of accused sex offender Harold C. Groel is scheduled to start May 26, but before the first juror is selected, the defense and prosecution will discuss what witnesses for the defense will be allowed to say on the stand.
Groel allegedly molested three minors who were living in foster care with a relative of his at various times between the years of 2000 and 2006. According to court records, he also has had an ongoing relationship with a Pekin Community High School student, who is now 17 or 18 years old, since 2005.
Pekin Daily Times
May 13, 2009
"This is not a principled fight!"
Just listen to her. This minute and a half really says it all. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) succinctly explains that not only should the private sector be displaced by the government, accomplishing it isn't a principled fight. The end justifies any means.
She made herself clear. The government will displace the private sector and the government does not intend to fight fair in attaining that goal. I just watched this video again and it sickens me. This is about far more than medical care. This is about the soul of America.
The Real Revo
May 2, 2009
Report: Benefits Outweigh Costs 2 - 1 In Providing Foster Care Support, Services To California Youth To Age 21
According to a new report released today, continuing support for older youth in foster care can create substantial cost savings for California while helping build better lives and futures for some of the state's most vulnerable young people.
The report states that the net cost of extending foster care to age 21 in Illinois is approximately $37,948 per youth. Available information suggests that the cost of extending care in California may be less. Under the federal-state partnership created by recent passage of federal legislation, the federal government is expected to pay approximately 50% of these costs.
March 9, 2009
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