The new head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services believes it’s possible to improve his department without asking for a bigger budget. New DCFS Director George Sheldon says he knows it can be done because he’s had to do it before when he was put in charge of the same department in Florida. What he recommends for Illinois is a two step approach.
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“One, we’ve got to bring in some additional federal revenue,” Sheldon said. “Number two, we’ve got to convince the legislature that we can responsibly run the system. I think I’ve got to do that before I go to the legislature and ask for additional revenue.”
Sheldon says there is room for savings by reducing bureaucracy within DFCS. He also says there are improvements that can be made with the department’s current resources, such as improving its technology and data collection.