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Between 1972 - 1997, the number of abuse allegations have increased over 500% annually, while the population of the USA has increased only 27.5%.
Illinois CPS News Archive
Illinois News Coverage
DCFS had visited squalid apartment where baby died
Four months before the death Iven Carlos this week in a squalid Northwest Side home, state child welfare workers found the same apartment untidy and in disarray but offered no services to the family, records reviewed Thursday show.
The Cook County public guardian said the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services "dropped the ball" and should have opened a case to support the family. The infant died Tuesday in an Albany Park apartment described by Chicago police as a "health hazard"-roach-infested and ankle-deep in garbage.
January 30, 2009
Murder suspect faced hardships in childhood - The Daily Journal
Court records show that Byron Mashawn Moore, the 17-year-old accused of committing Kankakee County's only 2008 homicide, has led a short but difficult life.
Moore is expected to be formally charged Jan. 16 with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Ryan Graefnitz. At age 12, Moore was embroiled in a juvenile case that prompted Kankakee County to revoke the parental rights of his birth parents, Marilyn Moore and Ralph Keyes.
Kankakee Daily Journal
January 6, 2009
Study supports gay adoptions
While Clay Aiken may be on the cover of People cradling his infant and Rosie O'Donnell has long shared stories of her brood, the highly charged issue of gay parenthood continues to rally those who say such homes are not in the best interest of a child.
"The pool of potential adoptive parents must be expanded to keep pace with the growing number of kids in foster care who are legally free for adoption," stated the report by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, which is based in New York.
Chicago Tribune (IN)
September 25, 2008
Former state worker convicted of faking mileage
A former Child Protective Services worker whose job was to drive children to and from foster care was convicted Wednesday of charges she turned in claims for thousands of miles she never drove.
A Lake Criminal Court jury convicted Tannette Kinnon, 47, of misdemeanor official misconduct for falsifying mileage and overtime claims. Kinnon faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 9.
Chicago Tribune (IN)
September 17, 2008
Wanting Contact: Advocacy group announces correspondence bill
Carrie Adams lived three streetlights away from her two children and did not see them for two years.
Adams, originally from Palos Heights, a Chicago suburb, was one of several people gathered Sunday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore to stand up for parents' rights. The people came from as far away as Sheboygan, Wis., as members of Project Prevent, an organization striving to join hundreds of advocacy groups across the country to fight for the same issue: families.
April 21, 2008
Mom Faces Trial for Leaving Child in Car
Chicago -- Treffly Coyne was out of her car for just minutes and no more than 10 yards away.
But that was long and far enough to land her in court after a police officer spotted her sleeping 2-year-old daughter alone in the vehicle; Coyne had taken her two older daughters to pour $8.29 in coins into a Salvation Army kettle.
March 12, 2008
Church defends its actions in abuse case
The pastor of the Wauconda church where a teenager is alleged to have abused young girls attending a day camp said the church cooperated fully with police investigations.
Carlson, 17, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing two children -- ages 7 and 8 -- who were attending a day camp where he was a counselor. Merkner said Carlson was contracted to work in the Messiah Kids' Club Summer Camp.
Daily Herald (IL)
December 19, 2007
Study: Troubled homes better than foster care
Children whose families are investigated for abuse or neglect are likely to do better in life if they stay with their families than if they go into foster care, according to a pioneering study.
Doyle says his research, which tracked at least 15,000 kids from 1990 to 2002, is the largest study to look at the effects of foster care. He studied kids in Illinois because of a database there that links abuse investigations to other government records.
July 3, 2007
Prosecutors: Mom seeking attention put toddler at risk
A Monee woman was being held today in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Will County Jail after she was arrested for allegedly harming her 2-year-old son to make it look like he was ill so she could draw attention to herself.
Traci Criddle, 22, of the 5800 block of West Roosevelt Road was charged with three counts of aggravated battery after she was arrested Monday night, said Pat Barry, spokesman for the Will County Sheriff's Department.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
June 26, 2007
Sex offender worked in school during elections
A convicted sex offender who allegedly worked as an election judge at a Chicago grammar school in the last two elections violated state law.
Arnulfo Vallejo, 27, of the 1400 block of North Kolin Avenue, was charged with one count of being a convicted sex offender on school grounds and ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail by Criminal Court Judge Thomas Hennelly. Vallejo could face up to 3 years in prison if convicted.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
April 6, 2007
Family Defense Center
The Family Defense Center's mission is to advocate justice for families in the child welfare system. Serving the Chicago area.
It advocates for families who need our help the most: families threatened with losing their children to foster care. The Family Defense Center is the first of its kind: a legal advocacy organization that provides high level systemic advocacy and grass-roots activities for families treated unfairly by state child protection agencies.
The Family Defense Center (IL)
February 16, 2007
DCFS Puts Girl who Nearly Drown in Custody of Relatives
A young Jefferson County girl is released from the hospital after nearly drowning but not allowed to go home with her mom and dad.
Macie Higginson's father made a terrifying discovery in the pond behind the family's home. Sunday evening, four-year-old Macie fell into the pond behind the family's Jefferson County home and nearly drowned.
December 23, 2006
Kauffman Vs Illinois For Israel
Taken from their dedicated, Israel born, mother, Ayalla Kauffman, under the guise of Illinois Public Education's Psychiatric Evaluations (the pilot program of Illinois and National "Teen Screen") at the orders of DCFS' Ms. Joann Smith
No longer do they smile, enjoy each others love, or play in innocence, but are now trapped in the apathetic and heartless to malicious actions of a group of amoral individuals in Illinois DCFS, the GAL, State Law, profiting Psychiatry and the well paid (with your public funds) brokers and owners of group-home "caregivers", of Illinois!
December 1, 2006
DCFS walks fine line on child welfare
Advocates see risks in the push to keep some families intact
More than once, residents of a southwest suburb found two young brothers outside, underdressed and unsupervised. Workers later determined the boys did not have enough food and clothing. When asked why they had patches of missing hair, the older boy said his father had pulled it out.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
November 26, 2006
Safety Planning for Victims of Domestic Abuse
If you are thinking about ending an abusive relationship, you should consider a safety plan.
Ending or escaping an abusive relationship can be difficult. Before you take action, please call Family Shelter Service and Crisis Line at 630-469-5650.
Central DuPage Hospital
November 11, 2006
Indiana Mental Health Plan moves forward, following in Illinois footsteps
A mental health screening plan stating all Indiana children from birth to 22 years "shall" be screened survived the 11-1 vote yesterday. The comprehensive plan was part of a law passed last year to reorganize services the state provides to children.
Illinois legislators also passed a bill in 2003 that they did not bother to read, or at least think through, and many admitted that they had no idea what they were signing on to at the time.
October 26, 2006
Dupuy v. Illinois Department of Children & Family #97 C 4199
Belinda Dupuy v. Jess McDonald, Director, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, in his official capacity.
Plaintiffs represent a class of persons who have been named as perpetrators of child abuse or neglect in "indicated reports" placed in the State Central Register of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ("DCFS").
October 3, 2006
The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
DCFS announces partnership with new Bloomington agency to improve access to child welfare services and enhance community relations
October 3, 2006
Citizens for Legal Responsibility
Exposing Attorney and Judicial Misconduct
Our goal is to assist in educating our members about their legal, Constitutional, and civil rights, and the legal responsibilities of the legal/judicial commercial business.
October 3, 2006
Reforming the divorce, custody and child support systems to protect the civil rights and responsibilities of all parties, including children, men and women.
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of children and their parents in all family situations, including divorce, unmarried parents, and married two-parent homes.
October 3, 2006
Foster Care is Evil
My Blog is about my involvement with the DCFS system also known as CPS in Illinois.
How they lie, cheat and steal children away from families all in the name of protecting the children.
September 15, 2006
Doubts cast on preschool proposal
If approved by lawmakers, Illinois would be the first state in the nation to offer so-called universal preschool to 3-year-olds and the fourth state to offer such access to 4-year-olds.
The program--a minimum 2 1/2-hour school day--would not be mandatory, and many families would likely stay in private preschools. Blagojevich's plan would cost an extra $135 million in the initial three years, with the price tag in outlying years still uncertain.
February 13, 2006
The Chicago Foster Care Panic - and Others
We don't have to guess what will happen if opponents of family preservation get what they want. We don't have to guess what will happen if family preservation is effectively abandoned. We don't have to guess, because it happened -- in Illinois in 1993, in
In April, 1993, three-year-old Joseph Wallace was killed by his mother. Joseph was "known to the system." "Family preservation" quickly became the scapegoat. It was attacked relentlessly by politicians and much of the media -- even though most of the programs in Illinois bore little resemblance to the effective, Homebuilders-based models used in other states.
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
August 12, 2005
Illinois General Assembly - Bill Status for HB0248
Bill Status - DCFS-Temporary Child Custody - Illinois General Assembly
Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides that a law enforcement officer, DCFS employee, or physician may take or retain temporary protective custody of a child without the consent of the person responsible for the child's welfare if he or she has reason to believe that the child is in imminent danger of injury or death.
April 15, 2005
Dupuy v. Samuels
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
No. 97 C 4199 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 3, 2005); Clearinghouse Number: 51679 Seventh Circuit Rules that Child Care Workers Have Liberty Interest in Employment, Upholds Credible Evidence Standard for "Indicated" Child Abuse Reports.
February 3, 2005
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